Dad, Hampton Ponds III, 2002
© Mitch Epstein
They received responses from Timothy Briner, Thomas Broening, Chris Buck, David Burnett, Doug Dubois, Joakim Eskildsen, Rob Haggart, Bruce Haley, Bill Hunt, Kalpesh Lathigra, Jason Lazarus, Colin Pantall, Amy Stein, Bill Sullivan, Tribble & Mancenido, Brian Ulrich, Peter van Agtmael and Dylan Vitone.
I took a little too long thinking about how to properly respond to such a question and, as a result, I sent my answer to Joerg and Miguel late in the game. I felt it was hard to get into detail without getting into a lot of detail and spent the last few nights writing long-winded explanations that would just leave me having to write more to explain myself. In the end, my final response was this, which really puts how I feel about a large and captivating subject into very few words: “A successful portrait elicits feeling in an honest account of a person [or place].”
Furthermore, I would add, a great portrait will often make viewer forget that the photography is present.
Mitch Epstein‘s portrait of his father will never fail to move me.
Read all of the responses here.
I encourage readers to offer their thoughts on this thread.