Ever noticed how the linguistic conventions of photography are tacitly embedded in an ideology of photography as a form of hunting? We load, check the viewfinder and shoot, and photographs seem to be our “trophies”. If we stop seeing photography as a form of “taking”, then we can begin to leverage photography’s healing power as a form of conversation! Perhaps, even, as one of the most powerful forms of conversation ever invented by humanity!
Some of Brancoprata’s work
What my dear friends Andre and Sofia of BrancoPrata call creative exercises, is a very effective way to demonstrate greatness without being constrained by a limiting brief. They will come up with a creative exercise that demonstrates all the elements of good taste and, without having necessarily any specific client commissioning the project, they will imagine and create a project that is totally unconstrained by a limiting client brief.
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One of the best reads on the purpose of photography (links to Amazon)
BOOK: On Photography by Susan Sontag
Or, you can read an excerpt online here:
On Photography by Susan Sontag
If you have academic access to JSTOR through a university or school, this is a valuable reading:
Re-Picturing Photography: A Language in the Making
Article on Photography from the 1859 The Atlantic (quote by Oliver Wendell referenced in the Podcast)
The Age of Photography by Oliver Wendell Holmes