Memento Mori and Mourning Portraits

Originally posted on Michael J Berkowitz/ Fine Art Portraits:
Recently, I’ve been exploring some themes inspired by Victorian photographic practices, in particular Momento Mori and Mourning portraits. Momento Mori were portraits taken of the recently deceased, as a last image to remember the loved one by. Families would dress the corpse up in their best,…

“In the c…

“In the course of a life, we never “graduate” from working on an identity; we simply rework it with the materials at hand. From the start, online worlds provided new materials . Online, the plain represented themselves as glamorous, the old as young, the young as older. Those of modest means wore elaborate virtual jewelry. […]

New Exhibition/ San Francisco

I’m currently taking part in an international juried exhibition in San Francisco at the Arc gallery. The exhibition is entitled “Masquerade” and you can see the works included at The work was chosen by Jack Fischer, owner of the Jack Fischer Gallery. Here’s his juror’s statement:   JUROR’S STATEMENT BY JACK FISCHER Obfuscation of […]

More Vintage Style Hand Colored Photos/ The Art of Really Looking/Seeing

There was an interesting film review in the NYTimes this morning that I read over lunch. In the review, of a new film called ”Sister”, Manohla Dargis, speaking of the interaction of two of the characters in the film says, “Here the act of one person noticing another-of looking at another human being instead of […]