2010 photographs by V. Tony Hauser
STAGE PRESENCE is a collection of 74 black & white portraits of stage artists who posed for Hauser’s large format camera, and are captured onto a now extinct Polaroid film. A truly great portrait is considered a revealing and intimate look into the soul of a person. To emphasize this notion, all the participants wrote personal thoughts about their art and themselves, allowing the viewer a rare glimpse into the core of an artist’s psyche.
“We often hear writers talk about how art is a conversation between writer and reader, but I think that’s incorrect. It seems more accurate to say that the making of art is a conversation with oneself; an attempt to reconcile the disparate aspects of one’s own personality in a public forum…”