Originally Posted by Erik van Straten
With the first suggestion I agree fully, but with the second absolutely not. I am sure that you can make very good portraits of people that are not aware of being portrayed, not only on photographs, but also sculpted or painted. Many examples prove this.
Erik: you certainly are entitled to your own opinions regarding a definition of "portrait". But it is commonly accepted in artistic academic teachings and environments that the most common differentiator between a "portrait" and a "street shot" is the connection between the subject and the artist.
We do totally agree that "good work" lies in the eye of the viewer and labels or definitions are not that important. Unless you are turning in homework for a portrait class where you could be told that your work, while creative, was not the assignment given you.