To kick off our new guest blog, we've asked Seattle-based commercial photographer Chase Jarvis to look through the March/April issue of American Photo and expound on anything that struck his fancy. Here's what he came up with, cross posted on his own blog. We're excited to be adding voices like Chase's to State of the Art, but we want to hear yours too. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
If the eyes are windows to the soul, and if in advance of a portrait sitting you’ve basically had the windows washed and lined up all the furniture inside and put on your favorite clothes for an open house, are the photos that result from that sitting any less “real” than a haphazard photojournalistic snapshot someone grabs of a subject at 10PM on a Tuesday night? Are the results from one portrait style more authentic or merit-worthy than another? I recently wrestled with these questions when I got my hands on an advance copy of the March/April 2007 American Photo “Portrait Issue.” Editor, David Schonauer’s piece got my mind really moving--it’s definitely worth a read.