I'd like to do some portraits in the style of Richard Avedon's "In the American West," http://www.richardavedon.com/archive/portraits/portfolio-in-the-american-west/photos-pi_232.html . It's a great album that covers a lot of ordinary people from the West, coal miners, oil men, butchers, lawyers, teenagers, drifters, surgeons, Hutterites, writers, photographers, and mental patients. The setup is basic with subjects in their ordinary work or street clothing, facing forward and b/w photos taken from waist up in a white background. The photos are vivid, clear, and tell a lifetime's story.
We can shoot each other, or anyone you would like to bring. I'm thinking March 28 as a shoot date, giving us some time to scout some locations. Does anyone know of any natural white-background buildings we could use, or have access to a white screen backdrop? Is anyone well-versed in this style of photography who could give some basic instruction to the group?
some more about In the American West:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnvwuIVl_6I skip to about 3:20 to start