“The truth is no portrait of substance has people smiling. Look at the history of painting, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, Sargent, Vermeer, DaVinci, etc., the subjects gaze to the viewer is neutral at best, neither inviting nor forbidding. It is there for the viewer to see and feel. Smiling is like much of American popular culture, superficial and misleading. It is part of our vernacular, but it should be expunged in photographs.”

– Rodney Smith

One Response to “expunged…?”

  1. rachel Says:

    Here’s where I got that quote – http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/11/21/smiling-is-superficial/ – the comments (mostly photographers) are fascinating. I basically agree with Smith’s sentiment about photos of substance, though consider a natural smile to be a prize gem in a portrait collection.

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