WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL

Black and White 4x5 and 35mm portraiture

In the mid-80s I bought a 4x5 large format camera (one of those you have to drape a hood over yourself to take photographs).  I have always admired the work of large format fashion photographers like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon and was determined to figure out how to shoot large format as a new explorative creative venture.  

The beauty that sets women apart from we men is so stark and I have always been inspired to capture that difference on film.  In the animal kingdom, it's the males that stand out as beautiful...that is far from true when it comes to the human race.  The women have the looks hands down.

 

     Laurie – First Portrait   This was my first 4x5 large format portrait.  Laurie was my muse.  I lit her with every light available in our apartment...strip flourescents, table lamps, some used lighting I bought at garage sales, etc.  I don't know how she kept up her patience.  I'm a perfectionist when it comes to lighting and take my sweet time.        silver print  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Laurie – First Portrait
This was my first 4x5 large format portrait.  Laurie was my muse.  I lit her with every light available in our apartment...strip flourescents, table lamps, some used lighting I bought at garage sales, etc.  I don't know how she kept up her patience.  I'm a perfectionist when it comes to lighting and take my sweet time.   

silver print  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Laurie (detail)   © Jud Burgess 1987    

 

Laurie (detail)
© Jud Burgess 1987

 

     Laurie with Button Dress and Hat   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess 1988    

 

Laurie with Button Dress and Hat
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess 1988

 

     Laurie Seated   Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative..  © Jud Burgess  1988    

 

Laurie Seated
Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative..  © Jud Burgess  1988

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative..  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative..  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
Contact print off 4x5 Polaroid test negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series  (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series  (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   Contact print off 4x5 negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
Contact print off 4x5 negative.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Teresa Wedding Series  (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Teresa Wedding Series  (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Angelica with Iron Flower   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Angelica with Iron Flower
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Angelica with Iron Flower 2   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Angelica with Iron Flower 2
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Angelica with Iron Flower 2 (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Angelica with Iron Flower 2 (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Angelica Hiding Behind Lace   4x5 Polaroid test print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Angelica Hiding Behind Lace
4x5 Polaroid test print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Gillian on Fainting Couch   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989    

 

Gillian on Fainting Couch
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1989

 

     Cindy with Feather Hat   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Cindy with Feather Hat
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Cindy with Feather Hat  (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Cindy with Feather Hat  (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Cindy with Feather Hat 2   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990       

 

Cindy with Feather Hat 2
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

 

     Cindy with Feather Hat 2  (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Cindy with Feather Hat 2  (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Jacque with Flowers in Her Hair   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Jacque with Flowers in Her Hair
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Jacque with Flowers in Her Hair  (detail)   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Jacque with Flowers in Her Hair  (detail)
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Jacque Flying   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Jacque Flying
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Jacque Flying  (detail)   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Jacque Flying  (detail)
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Jacque Flying  (strong detail)   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987    

 

Jacque Flying  (strong detail)
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1987

 

     Laurie Somber   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Laurie Somber
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Laurie in Apartment Boiler Room   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1985    

 

Laurie in Apartment Boiler Room
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1985

 

     Laurie in Apartment Boiler Room 2   35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1985    

 

Laurie in Apartment Boiler Room 2
35mm silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1985

 

     Angelica Seated   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Angelica Seated
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Angelica Seated  (detail)   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Angelica Seated  (detail)
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990

 

     Angelica Seated 2   4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990    

 

Angelica Seated 2
4x5 silver print.  © Jud Burgess  1990