Six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such as the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine, bring their distinctive “take” on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience.
Location: The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).
Museum Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.
National Portrait Gallery, November 26, 2008 – September 27, 2009
Since receiving her M.A. from Yale in 1999, Katy Grannan has been exhibiting her photographs throughout Europe and America to increasing critical acclaim. The Massachusetts-born Grannan produces distinctive, haunting portraits, often using the mundane particulars of everyday lives to heighten our sense of her subjects individuality.
Chromogenic print, 2007
Published in New York Times Magazine, March 18, 2007
Collection of the artist, courtesy Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Salon 94, New York City
© Katy Grannan
Jocelyn Lee approaches her photographic subjects looking to reveal not simply the individuality of those who pose before her camera. She also wants to convey something deeper about how her subjects confront the place where they live and the situation in which they find themselves. This interest in the psychological dimensions of character is emblematic of her portraiture- whether she is working on an editorial assignment or on an independent project.
Untitled (Jocelyn with moth)
Chromogenic print, 2002
Collection of the artist
© Jocelyn Lee
Ryan McGinleys contribution to “Feature Photography” includes a select group of photographs taken at several concerts headlined by Morrissey between 2004 and 2006. Capturing the varied expressions and moods of the fans in attendance, these portraits suggest the enthusiasm shared by many for this charismatic English musician. McGinley also has acknowledged his own admiration for Morrissey, especially in the way in which his music addresses pertinent issues for him and for many other young people.
Untitled (Morrissey 25)
Chromogenic print, 2006
Published in UOVO, April/June 2007
Seth O. and Mandy W. Lax
© Ryan McGinley
Steve Pyke readily admits that his life in photography has been propelled largely by his fascination with the face. Born in England and now based in New York, Pyke first won notice for his distinctive close-up portrait style in the 1980s, with editorial work for the music press and magazines such as Britains popular “style bible,” The Face. In the intervening decades, Pykes photographs have reached a wide audience through their publication in major magazines around the world and their exhibition in museums and commercial galleries.
Gelatin silver print, 2005
Published in the New Yorker, March 14, 2005
Collection of the artist, courtesy of Flowers Gallery, New York City
© Steve Pyke
Martin Schoeller has exhibited his portraits internationally and has received numerous awards. His photographs have appeared in many prominent magazines, including the New Yorker, Gentlemans Quarterly (GQ), Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone.
Digital C-print, 2004
Collection of the artist, courtesy Hasted Hunt, New York City
© Martin Schoeller