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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