Portrait photography goes beyond a face in a frame. It reveals a glimpse into a character’s personal experience, history, or emotional state.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but perhaps without the lenses of great photographers, those souls would remain unseen by many. An example of such portraiture can be seen in Gold-winner Jurek Wajdowicz’s photography book, “Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City” (ABOVE). The expressive face of a man with mime-like makeup and bright peacock feathers brings us into the colorful world of the NYC LGBTQ movement. While his expression is perhaps meant to replicate that of a mime, there is also an element of determination in his eyes that is indicative of the ongoing fight for equality.