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Wil­liam Coupon has pho­tographed ev­ery­one. Pres­i­dents, pop stars, au­thors, heavy­weight world cham­pi­ons, Jim Hen­son. You can see the re­sults in his re­cent book Por­traits, a pic­ture-per­fect vi­sion of the fa­mous and im­por­tant over the last 40 years.

But Coupon also turned his lens to­wards the mar­gins too. In the pages of Por­traits you will find im­ages of the home­less, of Mo­roc­can Ber­bers, Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nals and death row in­mates.

“I was more at­tracted to the non-celebrity,” Coupon writes in the book’s af­ter­word, “the so­cially sig­nif­i­cant, away from the flash.

I was in­fat­u­ated with indige­nous cul­tures and Na­tional Geo­graphic – cer­tainly not Peo­ple Mag­a­zine or Teen Beat.”

Still, what all his pho­to­graphs have in com­mon is tech­ni­cal per­fec­tion and a sense that any­one who passed in front of his cam­era was due their dig­nity. You can see that at work here in this im­age of three Choco chil­dren from Panama in 1991. Where are these kids now?

Pho­to­graph © Wil­liam Coupon

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