Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The World's Most Powerful Photographs

Technical skill in photography and the knowledge, and use of, the elements and principles, are important in creating a photograph. After all, if your image is blurry, who will be able to understand your message? However, what makes a great photograph great? Is it emotional content? Your own personal interest in the content of the image? Is it because the image is documentary? The photographer's concept? What do you think makes a great photograph great?

Turbulent by Shirin Neshat

This week's lesson focuses on the elements and principles of art as well as concept. As a photographer you need the skills so you can convey your message. The two are dependent on each other. Without the skills, you can't express your idea. Without a great idea/message/concept, you can't have an interesting photograph, no matter how well you know how to handle a camera.
For this blog post, I'm showing you one of my very favorite works of art. I was fortunate enough to view this piece in person when it was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Imagine yourself in a large, dark room. On your left is a screen with the man, and on the right is the screen with the woman.
While watching this piece, look for the meaning. Why is this piece so powerful? How can you create photographs that are both skillfully made and interesting?

A Thousand Words

Every day: so many opportunities to connect...
What if you took just one?

A Thousand Words from Ted Chung on Vimeo.

Directed by Ted Chung

Day One!

A quick overview.