Authors

Edward Albee
Isabel Allende
Russell Banks
Harold Bloom
Thomas Boyle
Sophie Cabot Black
Billy Collins
Ted Conover
John Guare
Professor Stephen W. Hawking
Yusef Komunyakaa
Stanley Kunitz
Philip Levine
Alan Lightman
Donald Margulies
Peter Matthiessen
Sylvia Z. Nasar
Marylin Nelson
Joyce Carol Oates
Sharon Olds
Susan Orlean
Elaine Pagels
Raimundo Panikkar
Robert Pinsky
Kathleen Jesse Raine
Richard Rhodes
Simon Schama
Peter Singer
Robert M. Solow
Gerald Stern
Robert Stone
John Edgar Wideman
Lanford Wilson

Edward Albee

Isabel Allende

"…There is a current of deep joy and self-confidence in me that is new. I think your photograph reflects all of this. I like that woman who is laughing at the camera... When he saw the picture, my husband said: "This is how I see you always, smiling, alert, with an open heart." So, thank you Juliet, for giving me a chance to see myself as Willie does: with loving eyes."

Russell Banks

Harold Bloom

"Dante thought that, after seventy, one should survive to the 'perfect' age of 81 (nine nines). Juliet's benign portrait shows me looking rather wistful at an imperfect 72 (eight nines). In a very sweet and affectionate way she managed to make a lovely portrait."

Thomas Boyle

Sophie Cabot Black

"I love the photo: serious, different, crone-ish, part of me, dramatic, offering, slightly withheld, faraway, drawing near."

Billy Collins

"Juliet van Otteren is a photographer in search of that bit of elusiveness we call the moment and she captures it again and again in the net of her camera."

Ted Conover

"I have waited for years for a photo like this. But now that I've seen it, I'm not sure I can describe what makes it so good. Is it the pose, the shadow, the light, the moment? Certainly the beauty and complexity are on a higher level than what other portraitists have come away with. Juliet van Otteren has a singular talent; she seems to see more than other photographers."

John Guare

Professor Stephen W. Hawking

"Of the many photographs that have been taken of me, Juliet van Otteren's is by far my favorite."

Yusef Komunyakaa

"Juliet van Otteren knows how to make light and shadow dance till a photograph reveals the split second of deep telling. We can trust her quiet praise-worthy revelations."

Stanley Kunitz

"For Juliet van Otteren, whose art is to capture the face behind the face: You are like the poet of photographers."

Philip Levine

"I dislike sitting for photographs or standing for that matter, but Juliet van Otteren manages somehow to make the process entertaining. Don't ask me how. Like most true magicians she hides her art."

Alan Lightman

"When I look at Juliet van Otteren's photographs, I feel that I am part Horse."

Donald Margulies

"What strikes me is how unlike a boy I finally look! The man you captured has life lines on his face and hair that clearly favors 'salt' over 'pepper'. I have been 'boyish' for so long, my appearance as a man of middle-age, a playwright in mid-career, comes as something of a sobering shock. I like that my dark eyes are clear and focused, my hand firm. So thank you for your insightful work and for the impeccable print. I will see it as souvenir of this chapter of my life."

Peter Matthiessen

Sylvia Z. Nasar

"Thank you so much for the lovely photograph – which I loved."

Marylin Nelson

Joyce Carol Oates

"A work of surpassing beauty and mystery."

Sharon Olds

Susan Orlean

"A startling image, a little haunting and very intriguing, that has made me think about who I am and how I appear to the world."

Elaine Pagels

"What an amazing portrait!… Juliet is such a remarkable person, and her work is amazing to me."

Raimundo Panikkar

Robert Pinsky

Kathleen Jesse Raine

Richard Rhodes

"It's an elegant portrait, much closer to my self-conception than most. I like it very much."

Simon Schama

Peter Singer

"Juliet's portrait of me embodies the qualities I aim at in my writing: it is very simple, very direct, and very honest. As a result it doesn't get in the way of its subject, but instead enables you to see that subject more clearly than you did before."

Robert M. Solow

"I like the photograph a lot: it is myself, not exactly the way I carelessly think of myself, but someone I recognize very well."

Gerald Stern

"The photograph is utterly great. Juliet catches things or realizes things that no other photographer is even aware of."

Robert Stone

John Edgar Wideman

Lanford Wilson

Juliet van Otteren © 2011