All About Photo Awards 2019

William Coupon: Portraits

October 26, 2018 to January 05, 2019
William Coupon: Portraits
1300 Rufina Circle, Suite A3
Santa Fe - 87507 NM
photo-eye Bookstore's Project Space is excited to announce William Coupon: Portraits, a solo exhibition featuring images of notable cultural icons and ethnographic studies dating back to the 1970s by celebrated Santa Fe-based photographer William Coupon. The exhibition corresponds with Coupon's long-awaited monograph of the same title published earlier this year by Damiani. William Coupon: Portraits opens Friday, October 26th, 2018 and will remain on view through January 5, 2019.


For more than 40 years William Coupon has photographed an astonishing array of esteemed artists, politicians, athletes, and intellectuals, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Carter, and Mohammed Ali among many others. Inspired by classic portrait painters such as Rembrandt and Holbein, Coupon's signature style places his subject against a hand-painted backdrop lit by a single oblique light source. This rich chiaroscuro lends Coupon's portraits a dynamic weight while focusing our attention on his sitters' expressions and engagement with the camera. The results are captivating. As an exhibition, William Coupon: Portraits acts as a kind of time capsule examining the personalities who have helped shape the last half-century. "I was always inspired by travel, by culture, by faces - for some reason, I have been drawn to formal portraits and their relationship to painting. I became interested in formal studio portraits in 1979 while observing its lower Manhattan youth, my peers, and its present counterculture, and decided early on to use a single light source and simple mottled backdrop as a studio style. My first thought was to photograph everyone in the world in formal portraits, on my backdrop."
-- William Coupon


William Coupon is an acclaimed portrait and documentary photographer whose career began in the late 1970s. His images have appeared on countless magazine covers for publications such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and has won numerous awards for assignment work appearing in the Washington Post, People, The Los Angeles Times, and The Economist among others. He has exhibited extensively internationally including at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University; Arizona State University Art Museum; Hotel de Ville, Paris; Gallery Art and Commerce, Amsterdam; and SGR Gallery in Bogota, Colombia. In 1992, Coupon was invited to photograph the world's tribal leaders during Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was asked by the United Nations and the United States Congress to exhibit this work in the United States Senate Rotunda, as part of the UN's Year of Indigenous Peoples. William Coupon currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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