Updated: Jun 20, 2020
Due to the global pandemic many photographer’s are not able to work in the way they used to before (e.g. Fashion-, Portraitphotographers). This forced them to innovate the way they worked with their subjects who are miles away from them. A new genre emerged: The Screen-Portrait. Taken via diverse communication services like FaceTime, Skye or Zoom, photographers direct the poses of their subject from a far.
The grid of the screen is kept mostly visible, hinting at how the photo has been taken.
Not only artistic portraits projects have emerged in this new genre, but also photographers offering bookings to take your photo via FaceTime or Skype.
The Morelli-photographer duo shot an editorial via FaceTime with Kylie Jenner and her daughter Stormi for the latest issue of Vogue Czechoslovakia.
"With the current situation we can’t shoot like we used to. I have one book from Peter Lindbergh where he did a portrait of a model via Skype so I decided to do the same, so I have been doing some shoots like that. I have been shooting still life as well and learning some graphic design."
- Daniel Felipe
“From about two weeks before lockdown started, all my commissioned portraits started being postponed,” Monks tells Yahoo Life. “I realized something extraordinary was happening and people were already self-isolating at home and social distancing generally, and so I thought I should use my skills as a portrait photographer to try and document what was happening.”
- Frank Monk
Photographer Hearther Glazzlard documents their LGBTQ friend group via FaceTime, also incorporating their own face while taking these portraits.
„Glazzard left their desktop background visible at the edges of the frame; in the upper right-hand corner, per FaceTime’s formatting, a small box shows a reflection of Glazzard, their hair close-cropped and bright orange, with Nora beside them."
- The New Yorker
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
THE CLASSIC IMAGE OF WHAT A PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKS LIKE NEEDS TO BE REDEFINED.
The guy with the fancy camera isn't a necessity anymore. This shift started to happen through photographers that started shooting via their cell phone and advertisements that worked with iPhone photos.
The global pandemic has forced photographer’s to work with different mediums like online communication services further pushing the common definition of photography in general.