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Marian Ettlinger
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Popular Photography
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Michael by Marion Ettlinger

Michael by Marion Ettlinger
Marion, who is a portraitist of writers and artists, spotted me at a reception and asked for a portrait session. I knew her a little through her partner at the time.

We wrestled a bit over this photograph, as I'm a portraitist as well and knew what view of me she wanted... which wasn't actually a portrait, but rather a stylised image of myself. I stubbornly wouldn't "give" it to her. Ultimately I gave in because I knew I was being too much of a pain in the ass. As far as I know this is her only portrait in which the sitter's eyes are not visible.

Artist's Title - "Michael Billingsley 1978"
©1978 Marion Ettlinger, from the collection of Michael Cerulli Billingsley (originally published in Popular Photography magazine)


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