Becoming a photographer

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Becoming a photographer
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A Bill Eppridge quote about photojournalism that, slightly modified, has a broader compass:

“A journalist does not necessarily imply ‘artist’ but you are not going to make your point if you cannot make a picture that people will stop and explore...the ‘artist’ in one instant must establish a sense of time, a sense of place, a moment of importance, a moment of aesthetic beauty all in the same frame, one moment in history. In terms of importance, the fewer of these present, the less significant the photograph. Anybody can take pictures, but not anybody can become a photographer.’”

For me, the take-home here is to think multidimensionally about what you're trying to do when you build an image.

And then there's the countervailing approach:

"If you buy a violin, you own a violin. If you buy a camera, you are a photographer."

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