The iPhone offers a high-quality camera that Apple improves with every iteration, and the photos and videos that it takes have been used for fashion runways, feature films, and other professional applications.
TIME Magazine is the latest publication to exclusively use the iPhone’s camera for a photo shoot, with its new “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing The World” series, which features iPhone images captured by Brazilian photographer Luisa Dörr.
Over the course of the last year, Dörr has used an iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 to capture photos of notable and accomplished women like Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, Sylvia Earle, Alice Waters, Mae Jemison, Cindy Sherman, and more.
In a TIME interview, Dörr says she uses an iPhone because it offers great pictures anytime, anywhere, and it because “feels less intrusive” to the subject when the photo is captured with an iPhone instead of a standard camera. Dörr’s images are unique because she uses only natural light and sometimes a reflector to capture women who are often photographed with more lighting and production equipment.
I like the simplicity of how these pictures are made. But the best part is that as a photographer, you feel extremely light and free. It is almost as if I can make pictures with my hand. There’s no noise, gadgets, tools or plugs–just the subject and myself.
I was always trying to imagine these portraits as paintings. I’m fascinated by the landscapes and topographies from women’s faces, their stories and context. I’m interested in the way life and time is writing on all of them–not just with physical marks but also with more spiritual traces.
Dörr says the women she photographed were “surprised” to be the subject of a photoshoot with an iPhone and no other equipment, and that oftentimes, she did her work in just minutes. The shortest shoot was two minutes and the longest shoot lasted 20 minutes.
Each portrait was captured using the regular iPhone camera with the square format, and automatic HDR was turned on for more lighting detail in the photographs.
Powerful stories, striking portraits! Bravo @TIME and Luisa Dorr #ShotoniPhone #SheIsTheFirst https://t.co/i5hS8IFgE8
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 7, 2017
Dörr’s full interview can be read over at TIME, as can an accompanying piece on how TIME Director of Photography Kira Pollack discovered Dörr and recruited her to work on the project.