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New York-based portrait photographer Carol Friedman explores what it is that makes an image a work of art and discusses the essence of the "blank canvas."

Having studied under another portrait photographer, Phillippe Halsman of Life Magazine, one of the most important photographer's of the 20th century, Friedman held on to the idea that "a photograph isn't successful unless you capture your subject's inner life," which she learned from him. Although she heard it at 20 years of age, the concept still resonates with her and she believes it is important to the greatness of photography as wanting to believe a moment extends to everybody's work.

According to Carol Friedman, "if you don't know who someone is, she hasn't succeeded" in capturing their "inner life."