Portraiture Now: Feature Photography

November 26, 2008 – September 27, 2009
Angelina Jolie Martin Schoeller Digital C-print, 2004 Collection of the artist, courtesy Hasted Hunt, New York City © Martin Schoeller

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, South Floor Plan

This exhibition features six photographers -- Katy Grannan, Jocelyn Lee, Ryan McGinley, Steve Pyke, Martin Schoeller, and Alec Soth -- who, by working on assignment for publications such as the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine, each bring their distinctive "take" on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience. Critically acclaimed for their independent fine art work, these photographers have also pursued a variety of editorial projects, taking advantage of both the opportunities and the parameters that these assignments introduce. The resulting work builds upon a longstanding tradition of photographic portraiture for the popular press and highlights creative possibilities for 21st-century portrayal.