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“Always stay true to yourself” Advice to young photographers

September 20, 2010

http://blog.magnumphotos.com/2008/11/wear_good_shoes_advice_to_young_photographers.html

Anyone who wants to be inspired to be a photographer should read this: it has quotes from famous and currents photographers. They will inspire you to be a better photographer, and even have you ponder how you should photograph.

Here are the quotes that inspired me…

Carl De Keyzer

What advice would you give young photographers?
“Give it all you got for at least 5 years and then decide if you got what it takes. Too many great talents give up at the very beginning; the great black hole looming after the comfortable academy or university years is the number one killer of future talent.”

This is so true, I will be taking this advice to heart.

Christopher Anderson

“Make the pictures you feel compelled to make and perhaps that will lead to a career. But if you try to make the career first, you will just make shitty pictures that you don’t care about.”

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 the way you think you ought to.
5) Be open to criticism, it can be really helpful, but stick to your 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.

Donovan Wylie

“Never stop enjoying it. Try and not “look” for pictures but keep yourself always open and allow yourself to be stimulated by whatever hits you.”

Eli Reed

“Lose the ego and let the photograph find you.”

There are more, but you can go to the link and read them all. Magnumphoto.com is a great site. There are a lot of different type of photography on there from what I have explored of it. Go and explore it for yourself.

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