Giorgio Sommer, 1860s. Plaster cast of dog-shapped cavity/remains in compacted ash at the ruins of Pompeii.
"I don’t consider myself a documentary photographer. I am a storyteller who is striving to find the best visuals to describe my perspective on my experiences. Portrait making for me is about using the body and the surroundings to invite a narrative, not to describe a situation as it actually is. I believe as an outsider it would be arrogant for me to suggest that was even possible. The effect is that the portrait is a mixture of my subject and myself. I am the narrator, the unseen presence in all of my images. I feel this to be the case with all portrait makers and am in dialogue with a long line of artists who position their subjects and alter surroundings (such as Dorothea Lange and Alec Soth), but I would like my role to be explicit."
Lara Shipley, in a great interview on Vice.
Thomas Hauser, Love
Favorites from the Denver Public Library’s Western History Archive