At a PBS NewsHour segment, a film photographer named Van Sickle shared a daring, intriguing but honest insight of today's photography. Who is the photographer, if everybody's taking pictures?
In the strictest definition, a photographer is someone who takes pictures with a camera. That is all. There are no aesthetic criteria as to who and who aren't photographers. But photography has become part of the art world and is only growing its presence. But perhaps, being a photographer isn't about the person himself, but the results he produces. And perhaps, everyone is actually a qualified photographer now that anyone can have a camera.
But that doesn't mean he is automatically great. The photographer Van Sickle said:
'Technology doesn't change the way photography is. It just makes it more available to more people, which means there’s going to be much, much more really terrible pictures taken or pictures that are totally dependent on subject, which is all, all right. If you were there when the Hindenburg caught on fire, and you took a picture of it, that’s a great photograph. But you’re not a great photographer, because you can’t repeat that in everyday things. What a great photographer does is, they are consistently able to make something in a style that’s personal to themselves. My pictures don’t depend on extreme sharpness. They depend on the composition and on the subject and on the way I see it.”
From a snippet that aired on CBS Sunday Morning, "Capturing the Moment" is a segment that focused on photojournalist Eddie Adams, who won his Pulitzer in 1969 for his famous image of a Vietcong prisoner about to be executed at a street in Saigon. Other photographers share their inklings as well.
We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at the filmic nostalgia of Romanian, Barcelona-based photographer Julianne Popa.
Referred to as the generation of information, film photography caught the attention of today's youth. At least this is the case with Vietnam, where there are lots of vocal and active users of film who are in their teens and early 20s.
We gathered a pool of young photographers to give us their insights on photography, being its future, and other things in this interview series for Lomography's 25th anniversary. This time, we take a look at Dia Takacsova's pensive photographs of lands far away.
The dynamic between a photographer and a non-photographer as his subject is evident. The photographer adjusts. When a photographer tries to take a portrait of a fellow photographer, it's a play of power. Such is this insight from Chinese portraitist Zhong Weixing.
Martynas is one of the active community members of Lomography, who inspires people with his exceptional photography skills. He recently made a trip to India and the pictures he took along his way looked simply amazing, so we had to ask him to share his experience with us.
Lomographer Renata Duan is passionate Lomographer and artist who pursues her craft no matter where it takes her. She combines her love for photography and painting into an intriguing project. Get to know her and get a glimpse of her lomographs turned paintings in this interview.
Eleonora Sabet is a one-of-a kind photographer who always knew photography is the right path for her. She started out by taking beautiful self-portraits and ended up experiencing a whole new world throughout her photography.
American photographer James Abbe wanted to have his breakthrough in photojournalism, but the muses had something else in mind. Known for his portraiture, Abbe's name is deemed as the photographer who captured the budding celebrity culture and aesthetic of the 1920's.