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49 Dark Gritty Portraits

From Gritty Graffiti Portraits to Medicating Models

— December 18, 2009 — Art & Design
Portraits aren’t all about those glamor shots and happy-go-lucky school photo shoots. Nope, sometimes photographers want to capture the seedier side of life, or at the very least moodier. These dark, gritty portraits are just that.

There are troubles in the world that shouldn’t be glazed over. That, and there are people who aren’t always cheerful. If one constantly neglects the darker side of life, I’m positive it will not go away but further fester and grow. Also, these dark, gritty portraits are outstanding.
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Clay-Covered Portraits
Clay-Covered Portraits
Oleksiy Guz's 'LoaMan' Photo Set is a Messy Masterpiece
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Glass-Walled Self-Portraits
Glass-Walled Self-Portraits
Shawna X's 'Phases' is a Study in Smeared Seduction
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Portraits of Domestic Workers
Portraits of Domestic Workers
‘Domesticas' Explores Relationship Between Servants and
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Portraits of Controversial Roles
Portraits of Controversial Roles
Daniel Radcliffe's Troubled Broadway Character Gets Immortalized
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High Contrastography
High Contrastography
Kimiko Yoshida Paints Herself Black for Eerie Self Portraits
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Alien Portraits
Alien Portraits
Cogliantry's 'Roswell' Series is Fine Art with a Touch of 'X-Files'
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Twisted Portraiture
Twisted Portraiture
Kozyndan's Twist On the Classic Art Genre of Portraits
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Fashion Icon Portraits
Fashion Icon Portraits
Timberlake, Jacobs & Moss in Vogue's 'Inspiring Beauty'
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Obsidian Portraits
Obsidian Portraits
Davide Faggiano Covers Up Subjects to Capture Vulnerability
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Aura Color Portraits
Aura Color Portraits
Khaled Haider's 'Colors Within' Exposes Our True Selves
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Cyberspace Portraits
Cyberspace Portraits
Kristi Ropelski Paints the Human Side of the Internet
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Restrained Portraits
Restrained Portraits
Benedikt Renc's ‘Hard Love' Exposes the Seduction in Suppre
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Gritty Graffiti Portraits
Gritty Graffiti Portraits
The Fauxreel 'Face of the City' Series Symbolizes Human Frailty
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Eerie Outdoor Portraits
Eerie Outdoor Portraits
'The Gloaming' by Mara Graur Explores the Time Between Sunset & Twilight
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Skeletal Portraits
Skeletal Portraits
Gianluca Hits the Pop Culture Scene Hard With Anime-Inspired Art
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Warped Emo Kids
Warped Emo Kids
'Canvas' by Stamatis Laskos Features Disproportionate Portraits
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Hole in the Head Shots
Hole in the Head Shots
Calvin Hollywood Amazes with 'Portfolio 2009'
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Twine Halos
Twine Halos
Zlati Zareva's Portraits Show Her Subjects' Dark Side
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Interactive Paper Portraits
Interactive Paper Portraits
Cesar Del Valle Bends Paper to Evoke Emotionality
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Buttoned Mouths and Eye Zippers
Buttoned Mouths and Eye Zippers
Disturbing, Yet Incredible, Portraits
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Hardened Male Portraits
Hardened Male Portraits
Jeroen Hofman Captures What it Means to Be a Fishermen and Coal Miner
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Psychedelic Portraits
Psychedelic Portraits
Gonzalo Bernard Makes Eerie Black & White Self Images
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Twisted Celebtography
Twisted Celebtography
Extreme Beth Ditto Portraits in Dazed & Confused
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Darkly Sculptured Headdresses
Darkly Sculptured Headdresses
These Platonov Pavel Portraits are Phenomenal
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3D People Panoramas
3D People Panoramas
'Expanded Portraits' by Justin Ponmany
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Chalk Outline Portraits
Chalk Outline Portraits
Fernando Lessa Shoot Features Themes of Control & Domination
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Sinister Projection Portraits
Sinister Projection Portraits
Andrea Pantleo's 'Naturally Implied' is a Shocking Photo Shoot
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Dramatic Architect Portraits
Dramatic Architect Portraits
Zaha Hadid Poses For Bruce Weber in L'Uomo Vogue
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Medicating Models
Medicating Models
Controversial Pill-Popping Portraits for Vice Magazine
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Zombified Portraits
Zombified Portraits
Andy Prior's Paintings Have a Disfigured Sense of Humour
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Plant Portraits
Plant Portraits
Eco Artist Edina Tokodi Creates Living Wall in Brooklyn, NY
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Emotion Emanating Portraits
Emotion Emanating Portraits
Olaf Wipperfurth Photography
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Surreal Digitalized Portraits
Surreal Digitalized Portraits
DOU by Oleg Duryagin
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Gas Mask Portraits
Gas Mask Portraits
Michel Valentino's Wasteland Children
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Melting Makeup Portraits
Melting Makeup Portraits
'Myriam' by Saima Altunkaya is a Beautiful Wet Beauty Shoot
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Self-Photoshopping
Self-Photoshopping
Pierre Beteille Digitally Modifies His Own Portraits
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Macabre Photography
Macabre Photography
Rancinan's Blood-Inspired Portraits
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Black & White Stencil Portraits
Black & White Stencil Portraits
Street Art By Sten & Lex
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Surrealistic Cyberpunk Portraits
Surrealistic Cyberpunk Portraits
Almacan's Mechanical Mirage Art
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Futuristic Surrealism
Futuristic Surrealism
Otherworldly Portraits of Thirteen Queens by Alex & Felix
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Human Oddity Paintings
Human Oddity Paintings
The Sketchbook Of Travis Louie Showcases Peculiar Portraits
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Retro Criminal Mugshots
Retro Criminal Mugshots
Amazing Archive of Criminal Portraits by Least Wanted
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Charismatic Celeb Portraits
Charismatic Celeb Portraits
Patrick Hoelck Photography Lets the Celebs Do All the Work
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Emotive & Aggressive Portraits
Emotive & Aggressive Portraits
Tom Hoops Dares Us to Look, Then Dares Us to Look Away
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Portraits of Phone Sex Workers
Portraits of Phone Sex Workers
Coffee Table Book Exposes the Faces Behind the Voices
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Gothic Promo Portraits
Gothic Promo Portraits
The Twilight Zone in Rome
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Tattoo Parlor Portraits
Tattoo Parlor Portraits
'Pinker Tattoo' by Bettina Marton Captures Ink & Piercings Informally
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Portraits of Crack Addicts
Portraits of Crack Addicts
USER by Tony Fouhse Finds Compassion for the Fallen
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Play Piercing Self-Portraits
Play Piercing Self-Portraits
Clare Foxcroft Williams' Pain Ritual Series is Intense
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