Wear Good Shoes

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I came across this 1 year old posting from Alec Soth on the Magnum Photos Blog. In it he asks his associates at Magnum what their advice would be to young photographers. Some great advice. A few of my favorites are below. To see the full post go here.

From the photographer Abbas, pure poetry and truth: Get a good pair of walking shoes and…fall in love

From Alex Webb: Photograph because you love doing it, because you absolutely have to do it, because the chief reward is going to be the process of doing it. Other rewards; recognition, financial remuneration, come to so few and are so fleeting.

From Bruce Gilden: “Photograph who you are!”

And this mini-seminar from Chris Steele-Perkins:

1) Never think photography is easy. It’s like poetry in that it’s easy enough to make a few rhymes, but that’s not a good poem.
2) Study photography, see what people have achieved, but learn from it, don’t try photographically to be one of those people
3) Photograph things you really care about, things that really interest you, not things you feel you ought to do.
4) Photograph them in the way you feel is right, not they way you think you ought to
5) Be open to criticism, it can be really helpful, but stick to you core values
6) Study and theory is useful but you learn most by doing. Take photographs, lots of them, be depressed by them, take more, hone your skills and get out there in the world and interact.

Thank you so very much Mr. Soth for sharing this with everyone.


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