Portraiture

Portraiture Photography explores this genre together with Dewi Dian Reich and ManButur Suantara.

Definition of portraiture

por·​trai·​ture |  \ ˈpȯr-trə-ˌchu̇r   , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r

the making of portraits : PORTRAYAL

What does portraiture mean in art? Portraiture is the recording of an individual’s appearance and personality, whether in a photograph, painting, sculpture, or any other medium.

Lorenzo Pereira

Portraiture in History

As a form of art, it has been with us for thousands of years. It dates back to the Ancient Egyptians. The Ancient Egyptian coffins were painted with tonal portraits of the deceased on its cover. Another Ancient form of portraiture are the busts and death masks of the Romans.

Portraiture continued to be the most established form of art through western art history. Artists grappled with creating likenesses of important public figures. Throughout history portraits were commissioned to showcase their status, wealth and power.

There are always multiple layers of the ongoing search of identity, that is explored through portraiture.

Through portraiture in photography, we can also self reflect. perhaps even in more honest ways about our identity and our perceptions. Through many mediums in art such as painting, photography, sculpture and even film. In exploring portraiture, we are exploring our own psyche. As individuals as well as a human community.

Fine Art Portraiture Photography with Dewi Dian Reich

There are certainly no right or wrongs. In our studio, the process of taking a portrait is simply.. a little more. More thought, connection, exploration and perhaps even more challenging. We hope through this process, it is not simply about having your portrait taken.. but that of an experience that takes you beyond the usual framework of how you perceive yourself.

Whether the portrait is conservative and traditional or completely not what you expected? This in a way cannot be planned. If we are being honest, this spontaneity and creativity that flows when people make real connections is what is exciting. Whilst going through the process, if you have an interest in art or photography, there may be something there for us to share and learn together.

Watch this video on our session with Dian Korwa.
Portraiture Photography with Dewi Dian Reich

Fine Art Portrait Photography

If you would like to explore your own self portrait through Dewi Dians photography, you can book a studio session at Sawidji Studio.