Book of the Week: Portraits

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What can you accomplish in ten minutes?

Rogier Maaskant’s book, “Portraits,” features a series of portraits from the 2012 International Film Festival in Rotterdam – all taken within a ten-minute window.

He certainly had some good subject matter to work with; there’s a whole lot of character to be found in this group of directors and actors.  But Maaskant manages to capture so much story in each of these portraits, that I’m blown away by how quickly he got these shots.  If the secret to great portraits is capturing the essence of each person, Maaskant seems to have the magic formula tucked away in his camera.

Maja Milos Book of the Week:  Portraits

Maja Milos – director ‘Clip’

(‘Clip’ was one of three films to win the Hivos Tiger Award at the festival. )

Jose Mojica Marins Book of the Week:  Portraits

Jose Mojica Marins AKA Coffin Joe – director

Terence Nance Book of the Week:  Portraits

Terence Nance – director ‘An oversimplification of her beauty’

Check out the full preview of Portraits here:


And if you thought that that selection was impressive for ten minutes’ work, take a look at the rest of the images from the complete collection on Maaskant’s website.

It just goes to show, you don’t always need a lot of time to do something great.

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  1. Thank you very much Maggie for this nice review.
    Which I only came across today.

    Actually it’s my first ‘review’ ever, so to me that makes it extra special.

    I’m just not sure whether you understood that all the pics were taken in 10 minutes, if so –> let me correct, I meant ‘each’ portrait was made within 10 minutes. Some only 2 or 3 though ;~)

    So thx again for your kind words.
    It made my day for sure.

    Btw: there’s nothing special about the camera.
    The people, they are special.

    Best from Rotterdam,

      April 21, 2012 – 12:36 pm   Permalink
  2. The web-adress of the series has changed to:

      September 29, 2012 – 5:40 am   Permalink
  3. New version of the book here:

      February 26, 2014 – 1:53 am   Permalink

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