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Do you understand that the most important thing in photography is your own unique vision? Then this article will undoubtedly be useful to you.
A bit of background
Magnum Agency is famous for gathering in its ranks dozens of talented documentary and creative photographers, people who certainly have something to learn.
This article will contain quotes and illustrations from the book Magnum Contact Sheets, accompanied by some conclusions of the author of the original of this article, the street photographer Eric Kim, about photography. Regardless of how much your views coincide with what is described here, this material will help you draw your own conclusions.
A contact sheet is a series of consecutive frames printed directly from a film. He talks a lot about the unique workflow of a particular photographer, allows him to follow his approach to a particular scene, starting with the first frame that the photographer took when he saw it. Continue reading
Even if you are not familiar with the name of Elliott Erwitt, his photos must have met you on the Internet. He is not only a member of the Magnum agency and his former head, but also known for record-breaking photographic experience — more than 50 years.
In addition to the humorous approach to the world, Elliott Erwitt is distinguished by a simple and non-philosophical attitude to photographic art, therefore, in his advice, there is a maximum of practical use.
1. Careful plans interfere with creativity
As a street photographer, I often succumb to the temptation of careful planning. I try to focus my attention on current photographic projects, but in the end it turns out that at times it distracts me from the true photographic experience. Continue reading
Photography is a very many-sided art form, which includes not only portraits, reporting and landscape. There are different directions in photography, not only in the professional, but also in the amateur field. That is what will be discussed in our next series of articles.
The peculiarity of this direction in photography is that the main part of the reporter’s niche is occupied by professionals. The main purpose of a reporter photographer is to convey the mood and integrity of the whole event in one photo.
Another task of photojournalism is to tell about the facts without the subjective opinion of the photographer. Continue reading