This portrait series is called “Citizen of the World.” My original goal was to make a portrait of everyone I know, but now that I have made over 200 portraits I think perhaps it should come to an end it before I have made absolutely everyone’s portrait.
The idea developed from linocut portraits (6 x 6 inches) I made of people I met in a community project (“Making Our Mark,” a SKILLS/SNAP collaboration) in spring of 2014. Since then I have photographed many friends, family, and briefly met acquaintances.
My participating rule is that I must have a conversation with the person and take a photo they approve of. Then I use this photo to make the portrait. In exchange for participation, each person gets a hand-pulled print of their portrait. Below are some examples of portraits in the project.