Sources for Photography (5 replies and 7 comments)
Dear Mr. Deakins and anyone else who's willing to answer
I really want to study the work of stills photographers, but I don't really know where to start. Of course just googling a photographer or even just a general topic brings up a lot of results, but I'm wondering if there are better sources any of you are using to look at and study photography.
I'd greatly appreciate any answer.
for what its worth, I personally get a lot out of instagram. I have 15 or 20 accounts alongside the 50 or so personal family/freind accounts that I follow. (i try to keep following around a hundred) Every day they throw out some fascinating stuff and it means you come across new things all the time. The advantage of instagram is that its continuous, each time you log in theres new material. I prefer to follow curated accounts rather than individual photographers but i do follow a few painters individually. But Of course it really depends on what you are interested in?. I find most of the cutting edge imagery comes from fashion magazines "king kong" "nicotine" self-service". I am a big fan of CONCEPT ARTISTS and follow several , you often get to see the incredible work they did on a movie before it was shot. I would also argue to follow both painting and photography and cinematography. Also subscribe to loeil de la photographie, this is probably the best daily newsletter on photography http://us8.forward-to-friend.com/forward?u=1549af1276cbc5c9433c4d2f2&id=6d113e9b67&e=3b928b491d»
Thank you very much for the detailed answer and the suggestions. I would be nice if you could share some of your favorite accounts on instagram, so I can follow them. I'd love to hear Mr. Deakins' answer, as I imagine he doesn't have instagram. Also do you still find instagram to be a good source when prepping for a project; for example creating moodboards?
well its very dependent/subjective on what kind of imagery and ideas interest you personally or if you have a specific project in mind? other wise its infinite. but for what its worth , instagram accounts i follow;
Thanks very much! I'll take a look a them.
I often go on the Magnum web site. Magnum is a cooperative that includes many of the world's most interesting photographers.
Thanks very much for the answer. That's exactly what I was looking for!
Hello everyone. Please let me know if there is a gathered site where we can see a lot of excellent photos and photograpers, such as the Magnum photo site.. my sensibility spreaded.
Joshua K. Jackson(snap beutifu color)
Shouji Ueda(interesting placement)
Looking at instagram seems a little odd to me, at least as a mainstay - like studying literature by reading popular fanfiction instead of Conrad and Shakespeare and Philip K Dick... The Magnum collective includes a lot of the best photographers (I really rate Salgado and Trent Parke) and its not hard to find out who the classics are for any particular genre. Eg for fashion Helmut Newton, Avedon, Unwerth, Juergen Teller,etc. Then how you research each one obviously varies - you look at the work, track down interviews, see if they wrote any books, find out what techniques they were especially known for - eg in Newton's case working with hard light, on-camera flash with Teller - and research those techniques.
And if you're interested in a genre then just google and amazon search eg "street photography" or "classic street photography" or "street photography gallery" etc - google will actually give you a list at the top of your search results. Eg
Then, picking one out, eg "Daido Moriyama techniques"
Very interesting. Are you a photographer?
I shot some fashion for fun for a while - I was just shooting trade with local pro models before the pandemic started:
I'd say that the big thing with photography is to find the style you're interested in and research and experiment with the techniques relevant to that - that's you develop "handwriting."
There are some very good photos here imo, especially the B/W ones, nice models too. They will photograph really well on a “cat walk” using studio lighting, they aim to please so would be a pleasure working with them. Back streets of Manchester is a great venue for street photography.
What type of still photography are you interested in?
I am old school... one of the best places to go is a college or university that has a decent photo or art program and go into the photography section and look through the books.
The other thing is and is funny how times change, but back in the day when I wanted to learn to be a newspaper photographer every day I would go through and take clippings of the newspapers and study all the photographs. I would see what would run and understood if I could make an image similar to what I was seeing I could get a job. I also kept photos that ran that weren't perfect photographs but learned sometimes that the content of the picture was more important at times as long as it communicated what needed to be communicated. I do believe photographs need to be seen not on just a computer screen. There is something about seeing a photograph on a wall or even in a book, where you can really enjoy it more than on a screen. Back in the late 90s the book stores used to have LARGE photo book sections, nowadays not so much.
The other thing too, is the TIME-Life Libary of Photography photobooks are old but they taught a lot of the ABCs and the 123s of photography, those are an excellent place to start. Some of my old professors helped create those books. They can be found all over the internet.