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September 16, 2008
The blog Subjectify provides consistently interesting and thought-provoking photos and links, accompanied by personal commentary about contemporary portraiture. I first discovered it when I read the serialized interview with Jessie Mann, the famously-photographed daughter of Sally Mann, as she mused and conversed about the nature of portraiture and identity.
Subjectify also has a knack for finding photo echoes, and likes to explore the similarities of form and composition of photographs made by different photographers and other artists. One posting from mid-summer found a likeness between a scene from the latest Batman movie and an iconic image from Diane Arbus. The similarity is there for sure, but I don't think I would have ever discovered it on my own.
In addition to finding such quirky photo echoes, Subjectify often provides equally arcane asides in the commentary. For instance, we are informed that the Arbus photo above is one of few photographs to have its own Wikipedia page.
I recommend a visit to the blog, but be sure you have an hour or more, because it is difficult to stop trolling through the content.