Although many of the Masters of Photography came from different countries and different points in time, one thing is certain: Their photos have changed the world.
How did they do that ?
As students of photography we need to look at their photos (like this photo “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” by Ansel Adams) ask ourselves following questions:
- What it is in this photo that makes it a masterpiece ?
- How did this subject catch the photographer’s eye ?
- What was he/she thinking at the time of capturing the image ?
…and many more….
Fortunately, for this particular image, there is a rich and dramatic story of making of Moonrise as documented by Ansel himself and his son. So, our tip of the week is:
Study the work of at least one of the masters of photography. Ask questions, and then seek answers.
Find the artist that you can most easily relate to and study his work. We have collected a couple of useful links that might help you in your search:
- Masters of Photography Website
- Master Photographers by Photography-now
- Ansel Adams Gallery
- Alfred Stieglitz (wiki)
- Henri Cartier-Bresson(wiki)
- Diane Arbus (wiki)
Who is your favorite Photography Master ?