Take a look at these portraits by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Napoleon Bonaparte, 1999

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Princess Diana, 1999

How are these images different from other portraits you have seen? Although at first glance these look like rather conventional portraits, you may have figured out by now that we’re looking at photographs of wax sculptures! Sugimoto uses an 8×10 large-format camera and extremely long exposures to take these pictures… no wonder he doesn’t make portraits of living people, the slightest move would cause the image to blur.

What do you think qualifies as a portrait? Does a portrait have to be of a person?! Maybe not. You could choose to challenge the idea of portraiture with your entry! We encourage you to think outside the box!

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