The Portrait Photographer's Manual

Cian Oba-Smith, Max Ferguson

An inspirational and insightful introduction to the art of portrait photography.

Through simple projects on subjects such as “Making Self-Portraits” and “Capturing Personal Moments” as well as captivating profiles of twenty internationally acclaimed photographers from Gordon Parks to LaToya Ruby Frazier, authors Cian Oba-Smith and Max Ferguson give readers a visual tour of the medium.

Perfect for the aspiring portrait photographer, this manual includes: projects with which to experiment and develop your technique; inspirational profiles of leading photographers from around the world; a complete overview of the most exciting and continually evolving form of photography; and much more.


Cian Oba-Smith


Cian Oba-Smith is an internationally lauded documentary and portrait photographer whose work focuses on communities and subcultures around the world. Alongside guest lecturing posts at various universities and institutions in the United Kingdom, his commissioned work can be found in a number of publications, including The Guardian, TIME magazine, and the New Yorker.

Max Ferguson


Max Ferguson is a photographer, photo editor, and writer, currently working with Granta alongside a number of writing and teaching commitments. During his time as photo editor of Port magazine, Max worked on shoots with a range of celebrities on fashion editorials as well as with photojournalists covering global politics.