Marcel Sternberger: The Psychological Portrait

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This month, noteworthy publishing house Rizzoli brings us The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography.

A pioneer in his medium, Sternberger aimed to expand the scope of traditional portrait photography and in doing so, bridge the realms of art, psychology and history. The “psychological portrait,” as it was deemed, cut through physical appearance offering a glimpse into a subject's often sequestered personality. Through Sternberger’s images Franklin D. Roosevelt could be imagined reflective, Albert Einstein deep in thought or Diego Rivera playful and lighthearted.  

The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography features rare photographs, sketches, letters and more. See below for a selection from the book and get your copy from Rizzoli now. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Washington, 1939

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Washington, 1939 Sternberger Photographs © Stephan Loewentheil, 2015. All rights reserved.

Diego Rivera, Mexico, 1952.

Diego Rivera, Mexico, 1952. Sternberger Photographs © Stephan Loewentheil, 2015. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Frida Kahlo Corporation (image rights).

Albert Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey, 1950

Albert Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey, 1950 Sternberger Photographs © Stephan Loewentheil, 2015. All rights reserved.