Tatsuo Ohsone, The Face, 1957.
Willy Ronis Self-portrait in His Father’s Portrait Studio, Paris 1935
"I never took a mean photo. I never wanted to make people look ridiculous. I always had a lot of respect for the people I photographed." Willy Ronis
Canon F-1 advert featuring self-portrait of photographer Shomei Tomatsu, 1973.
Louis Faurer Self-portrait, New York City 1947
"Slowly I walked down the slope leading to the second lower level platform. Was it because I was not courageous that resulted in a miss? Because I could not further humiliate him? Was this cadaver-like man with no direction beyond the need for food, thought, and love? Again, the thought came to my mind, was I cowardly? Had I become a counterpart to this man? Hadn’t I been pacing, darting aimlessly, without direction, like the man? Later I related the incident to several people. I said, perhaps I thought I was he, maybe I was afraid of myself, but I wanted to think that he had experienced so much pain and anguish that additional injury to his once felt dignity was not possible and that I could not risk accepting the guilt. Or maybe from way back I heard Walker Evans once say to me, ‘You wouldn’t photograph a fat woman, would you?’ and he might have added “and hurt [her]?" Louis Faurer, on his once planning on shooting a homeless man and then giving up and not taking that shot.