The Theatre of the Face

Portrait Photography Since 1900

An engaging history of portrait photography by one of the world's leading critics.

Max Kozloff


Price: USD$69.95



  • An engaging and authoritative account of the history of portrait photography by one of the world’s leading photography critics
  • Features the work of the most famous portraitists including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol, alongside figures from the beginning of photography such as Edward Sheriff Curtis and Martín Chambi, and recent contemporary photographers such as Martin Parr, Robert Bergman and Christian Boltanski
  • Written by the former editor of Art Forum, Max Kozloff, the leading photography critic working today, recipient of numerous awards and prizes, and himself a noted art photographer who considers portraiture the central project of photography
  • Offers a new perspective on the history of photography covering a wide range of movements and styles, and the work of photographers around the world, but in the fascinating context of the personalities behind the camera, their motivations and intentions in portraying their subjects, and their subjects’ own relationship with the camera and their portraitist


About the author(s)
Max Kozloff is one of the leading photography critics working today, and the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships. Formerly the editor of Art Forum, he is a prolific writer whose contribution includes the first monograph on Jasper Johns, a book of collected essays entitled, Photography and Fascination (1978), two further books of essays on the medium, a study of Duane Michals and a history of New York street photography that accompanied a travelling museum show, which he curated in 2002. Kozloff has also taught on numerous photography courses and is a noted photographer himself, having exhibited in the United States, Mexico and India. His passion for portraiture stems from his own visual practice and informs his belief that this genre is photography’s central project.



The Art Museum
20th-Century World Architecture
René Redzepi: A Work in Progress
Wild Art
Carlo Scarpa
The Chinese Art Book
The Design Book
Art Cities of the Future
Art as Therapy

. . Phi . . . .
. Be the first to learn about exclusive downloads, the latest stories and members-only discounts!

Enter your email below, sign up and check your email inbox for your first special offer.
. .