Photo of the Day

Freeze-Framed Social

October 11, 2017

By Libby Peterson

© Don Stahl

Portrait photographer Don Stahl has a sharp eye for capturing playful, compelling and off-the-cuff street stills, so he's often tapped to document the occasional social event. This time he was on assignment for the Art Dealer’s Association of America (ADAA) to photograph their annual Art Show, held in New York City's Park Avenue Armory.

"The woman in the red leather jacket stood out immediately to me," Stahl recalls, "most likely because of her resemblance to Isabelle Huppert. I zeroed in on her, and luckily everyone else in the scene came together. It can be hard to get a unified, unposed shot of a group of people because there is usually at least one person blinking, eating or gesticulating mid-sentence. In this image, though, the subjects have their own unique looks and offer different expressions." It's as if Stahl captured five different mini stories in one frame, and it's left to the viewer to piece them together.

(Shot on a Fujifilm XT-2 and 35mm f/1.4 lens at f/5, 1/250th of a second and ISO 1600, and a Nissin i60A flash.)

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