Friday, June 20, 2014

Portraits by Jacques Sonck

Sometimes it is nice to get away from the self-congratulatory, self-promoting, like me/love me/approve of me* "selfie" (I HATE THAT WORD) pictures of this era, and look at beautiful, unapologetic portraits created by someone as talented as Jacques Sonck.  Below you will find some of his portraits that I adore (found here).


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Jacques Sonck (b. 1949, Belgium)

Sonck studied photography at the Narafi in Brussels, Belgium.

Sonck makes penetrating street and studio portraits of figures from all walks of life. In his pictures he goes in search of archetypes, creating classical portraits somewhat reminiscent of photographs taken by Diane Arbus. Without judging, Sonck confronts the viewer with various types of individuals: loners, eccentrics, drop-outs and outcasts. Sonck's refined black and white images contain a surprising, often anachronistic aesthetics with remarkable documentary character. Human diversity is depicted in an understated way, without melancholy, compassion, or the intent to ridicule.



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*Note: I participate in the like me/love me/approve of me movement (instagram, facebook, twitter + increasingly infrequent attempts at blogging) that is so pervasive in our society.  So I am as annoying as the the people/movement that annoy me.  How annoying.  

4 comments:

Lorena said...

I enjoy looking at these - they are black and white which is my favorite and its like photography use to be- a litlte less staged, real people, on the move and not posing for hours. Oh and lets not forget, not photoshopped - just real.

Maegan Tintari said...

weird and great. but weird. but also great ;)

KaH said...

These pics are pretty amazing. I looked a few times and noticed something new each time. Hard to pick a fav. Thanks for keeping me up on my art viewing. I have been way to sidetracked with instagram lately. It is pretty sad, but I participate too (even though it gives some odd anxiety)

kristine said...

These are incredible! Love. Thanks for sharing.