Phillip Prodger is one of the leading curators of portrait photography in the world. Since 2014, he has been Head of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and in 2016, he put on the blockbuster show ”William Eggleston Portraits.”
We reached out to Prodger via email to discuss his thoughts on portraiture. He offered a wide-ranging spectrum of responses on the topic.
LC: In your lovely introductory essay to the William Eggleston Portraitscatalogue, you write that portraiture “cannot reveal identity.” So often, we talk about the revealing power of a photograph, especially in a portrait of a famous person (a person we feel we know well). Can you say more about what you think a portrait can achieve, if not our “romantic” idea that it can evoke the soul of the sitter before our eyes? Continue reading.