Benjamin McMahon hands over his camera and creative agency to familiar faces in this exploratory self-portrait series: “Less selfie, more self-portrait; less Kardashian, more Kahlo”.
Regularly sent to spend time with artists, actors, musicians and politicians with the mission of capturing their essence in a single shot, McMahon “started to wonder if it was possible to make an honest picture of a person in such a short time.” Handing over control, McMahon allowed them to decide “did they feel like smiling? Did they want to be serious? No one else was there to direct them but themselves”.
This series captures a raw glimpse of the individuals and personality behind the familiar smiling faces we know.