The human face has been a never-ending study since the beginning of art history. Recognition has been part of the study, and mostly, it's the most defining, prominent figures of public life that are under artistic examinations. Photography does it as well.
In contemporary culture, we have celebrities to represent portraiture. Compared to historical facial studies, faces today are connected to the illusion of success, luck, intelligence, beauty, and talent. In the 21st century, we have Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, John Wayne, Twigg, Iman, Stravinsky, Andy Warhol, Picasso or JFK. Photographic portraiture has succeeded 'making a portrait' itself, as we get to see more beneath charcoal, clay or paint. With photography, they're livelier and more real than ever.
Catch the upcoming exhibition Famous faces – Seeing and Being Seen at the In Focus Galerie in Cologne, September 11. The display will run through October 13.
Images are from the press kit.