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Author: Max Knoblauch
Photographer recreates the awkward, prop-heavy portraits of the 1980s
Since 2009, Portland-based photographer Robbie Augspurger has been capturing the essence of portraits from that fascinating time period in his "Glamour & Headshots" photo series. The collection casts a light on the prop-heavy, hair-heavy style of the decade's odd mall portraits. Augspurger's series began when he asked his roommate to pose for him in order to test out an old light kit. The roommate came to Augspurger's studio wearing a tweed suit and the rest is history. "I started messing with the colors and I thought it would be cool if the images looked like they'd been on the dashboard of my dad's truck for 20 years, like old, sun-damaged wallet photos that people leave lying around," Augspurger tells Mashable. "I started thinking of the professional business and family portraiture from the '70s and '80s - Sears, Olan Mills, etc." Many of the portraits seem to parody the props found in studio photos from the decade. Augspurger says the style probably had to do with the subject's wanting to express their interests.

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