Elizabeth Weinberg is pretty well known for how she is able to make her awesome pictures look like a film. She didn't study photography formally and this made the difference in her composition style, because of her incredible ability to add curious personality to her portrait shots.
Elizabeth is a 29-year-old professional photographer who lives in Brooklyn (NY). She made some really interesting work, publishing some great books like Of Recklessness and Water, which is simply amazing.
The prettiest thing you could learn from Elizabeth is that you don’t necessarily need to go to a great photography school to be a great photographer. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism. According to her, technical knowledge is not so important, because you can learn a lot of that by yourself. The most important thing about photography is practicing and working in the photography environment.
I think that the best way to approach photography is your style doesn’t need to be the kind that schools teach to students. Photography schools are mostly focused on technical aspects and on teaching a descriptive photojournalist style, but this is not what most of the students want to do/learn. Developing your own style is something really personal and requires experiences that you can do only outside your school, maybe with many years of practice. This is the main kind of approach Elizabeth had.
Another feature of Elizabeth’s approach to photography is her behavior on set: you should enjoy the set and what you’re shooting. If not, your work won’t be so cool. I think this is mostly about not being influenced too much by editors or other people who try to change your style or approach to taking pictures. Elizabeth’s pictures have an original soul and a great emotional impact on the audience, maybe because they’re not obvious and always have a peculiar way to surprise.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.