March 16, 2012

Elliott's Perspective

Courtesy DP Review, there's a fun video with Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. Often compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott discusses sequence photography and its ability to tell unique stories. I particularly enjoyed one of his points:

Some cameras change. They get more sophisticated. Film changes into pixels which I don't know how to deal with very well. But the photographs, they don't change. I mean, if they communicate, they communicate. If they don't, they don't. And if it's a very good picture, it has magic. And that is something you cannot describe.

And what I enjoyed even more was a post comment by one MartinaB:

What I learn from this interview is I should get out and take more photos, understand composition, light etc. And stop conning my self that the next model camera will make me a better photographer.



I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at – not copy it.

Georgia O'Keeffe