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The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

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While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links.

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.”
(Gordon Parks)

Technique counts but to make a photo that touches your soul, empathy is the key.
Why Photos Should Be ‘So Much More Than Beautiful’ (National Geographic Story)
“Photographer Ami Vitale covers stories about culture, animals, and global issues with a thoughtful eye. Her work aims to engage viewer’s emotions while informing them about global issues. As part of our “Through the Lens” series, we spoke with Vitale to find out what makes her tick.”

Good and really workable tips”: 5 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Photography
Tip number 1:  “Have Patience.”
“If you are not prepared to be patient, you’re not going to get many shots you like.”

Behind the photos – The Man on the Bed (Time)
This AFP photo from Aleppo is one of the most haunting, powerful images I’ve seen in a long time. A novel in one shot. A 70-year-old man smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom, listening to music, in Aleppo’s formerly rebel-held neighborhood of al-Shaar on March 9, 2017.

And read the story by the original photographer Joseph Eid: The music over the ruins of Aleppo (AFP)

Follow New York Street Photographer Daniel Arnold´s special look and his really creatively Streetphotography
Daniel Arnold’s Tongue-in-Cheek Take on New York Style (New York Times)

What a photo series. Photographies of giant Pipes in Germany. (Fubiz)
“Robert Götzfried grew up and lives today in southern Germany, surrounded by church, including Catholic churches. Buildings of which he appreciates the architecture and the calm that reigns inside. What intrigued him inside these places of worship are the giant pipes emerging from the organs. His Pipes series below demonstrates this.”

Backstage with “Lady” Billie Holiday. An intimate photo set taken in 1957. Two Years before she died.

How dogs get older: A fascinating and deeply touching photography project
Photographer Amanda Jones has dedicated the past 20 years to an incredible photography project which aims to show just how fleeting the lives of our beloved pets are.

A look back. New York Street Photography in the 70s and 80s
“The 1970s and 1980s were gritty, exciting times in New York City. Manhattan pulsed with energy, with different sides of the city revealing danger and opulence. As the city transformed into the New York we now know, those heady days seem a distant memory.”

How to Spot a Highly Evolved Photographer
Beautiful photo set with inspiring quotes. “Photographers are found in abundance. Exceptional ones, though are extremely rare. Even in the most respected organizations, few can captivate the viewer by evoking wonder, curiosity, and inspiration. Only a handful of highly evolved photographers can capture imagery with the potency and emotion that wins Pulitzers.”

30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987
Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1987 (41 photos).

Stunning photo selection of cloud images captured from around the world.
“Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century. It features hundreds of images captured by meteorologists and cloud lovers from around the world.”

Evocative abstract images mark Ray K Metzker out as one of the great masters of photography
Metzker was a modernist who experimented with formal techniques to create new ways of seeing. His evocative cityscapes mark him out as one of the great masters of American photography.
(via https://twitter.com/fshields)

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Author: Stefan

Welcome to my personal microcosmos "Freiaum/Free Zone" in the most beautiful city of the world, in Hamburg. Just someone with a camera and a mission to record the extra and the ordinary. My hearts beats among other things for Photography, Culture and Art, Visual Art, Social Media, Communication, Storytelling, Music, Literature, Blog and Text.

5 thoughts on “The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

  1. Thank you very much! I will read them with high interest.

    But I guess i will get lost already with the first tip…
    Have a fine sunny day in spring
    Sonnenscheingrüße

    • Glad that you found some interesting articles and tips. Maybe the quote will help “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” (Samuel Beckett) You should never give up hope 🙂
      Have a splendid day and thank you for the compliment.

  2. Sehr inspirierend, vielen Dank! Besonders die Abstraktionen von Metzker haben es mir heute angetan.

    • Dankeschön und immer gern. Das freut mich wenn etwas entdeckungswürdiges mit dabei war. Metzker´s Stadtfotografie sind wunderbar Studien in Schwarz/Weiß-Fotografie. Zeitlose Foto-Kunst.