Get a good pair ofwalking shoes and…fall in love
Try everything. Photojournalism, fashion, portraiture, nudes, whatever. Youwon't know what kind of photographer you are until you try it. During onesummer vacation (in college) I worked for a born-again tabletop photographer.All day long we'd photograph socks and listen to Christian radio. That summer Ilearned I was neither a studio photographer nor a born-again Christian. Anotheryear I worked for a small suburban newspaper chain and was surprised to learnthat I enjoyed assignment photography. Fun is important. You should like theprocess and the subject. If you are bored or unhappy with your subject it willshow up in the pictures. If in your heart of hearts you want to take picturesof kitties, take pictures of kitties.
I would advise to read a lot of literature and look as little as possible otherphotographers. Work everyday even without assignments or money, work, work,work with discipline for yourself and not for editors or awards. And alsocollaborate with people not necessary photographers but people you admire. Thekey word to learn is participation!
Photograph becauseyou love doing it, because you absolutely have to do it, because the chiefreward is going to be the process of doing it. Other rewards ? recognition,financial remuneration ? come to so few and are so fleeting. And even if youare somewhat successful, there will almost inevitably be stretches of time whenyou will be ignored, have little income, or ? often ? both. Certainly there aremany other easier ways to make a living in this society. Take photography on asa passion, not a career.
I could use some good advice myselff … but first thing that springs to mind isBob Dylan's: “keep a good head and always carry a light bulb.”
My advice: Photograph who you are!
CARL DE KEYZER
Give it all you got for at least 5 years and then decide if you got what ittakes. Too many great talents give up at the very beginning; the great blackhole looming after the comfortable academy or university years is the numberone killer of future talent.
Forget about the profession of being a photographer. First be a photographerand maybe the profession will come after. Don't be in a rush to make pay yourrent with your camera. Jimi Hendrix didn't decide on the career ofro?6?7fessional musician before he learned to play guitar. No, he loved music andcreated something beautiful and that THEN became a profession. Larry Towell,何氏贵宾会,for instance, was not a professional photographer until he was already a famousphotographer. Make the pictures you feel compelled to make and perhaps thatwill lead to a career. But if you try to make the career first, you will justmake shitty pictures that you don't care about.
不要去想成?一????影?。首先你要?一??影?，或?之後自然而然就??了。不要急著靠拍照付房租。吉米?亨德里克斯（Jimi Hendrix）?不是在???吉他之前就?定???音?人的。他首先??音?，?且?造了一些美妙的曲子，然後才成了音?家。在拉里?托??（Larry Towell）成????影?之前，早就成了一?著名的?影?。去拍?那些你??不得不拍的影像，或???慢慢把你引向??的道路。但如果你一?始就想著??，那你只能拍出自己都不在乎的劣??片。
1) Never think photography is easy. It's like poetry in that it's easy enoughto make a few rhymes, but that's not a good poem.
2) Study photography, see what people have achieved, but learn from it, don'ttry 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 youought to.
5) Be open to criticism, it can be really helpful, but stick to you corevalues?6?7?6?7.
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 outthere in the world and interact.
Try not to take pictures, which simply show what something looks like. By theway you put the elements of an image together in a frame show us something wehave never seen before and will never see again. And remember that catching amoment makes the image even more unique in the stream of time. Also, try to doworkshops with photographers whose work you admire, but first ask around tomake sure they are good teachers as well as good photographers. Taking goodpictures is easy. Making very good pictures is difficult. Making great picturesis almost impossible.
Never stop enjoying it. Try and not look for pictures but keep yourself alwaysopen and allow yourself to be stimulated by whatever hits you. Work towards agoal … book, exhibition… but more importantly work towards finding your ownvoice, your subject and your application. Accept that your work is more aboutyou than what you represent,何氏贵宾会, try to bridge that balance, without resorting tophotographing your feet! In other words try and translate personal experienceinto a collective one, it is very possible and I think the key quest of any artform… (study the book “Waffenruhe” by Michael Schmidt) ? study all the greatphotographers and love doing it, start at the beginning, look at earlyAmerican, and German, then French, then take a close look at artists usingphotography in the sixties, Rusha etc. Don't get bogged down in theory, butrespect it, read Robert Adams on Photography, in fact embrace Robert Adamsgenerally and you will learn a lot. Read literature, especially early Russian,French and modern American, (and Irish, Joyce), the journey literature hastaken as an art form in terms of description and representation is very similarto photography. Don't rely on style for the sake of it, if you have your ownsubject , you can adopt other people's styles if it helps, and visa versa, ifyou photograph something every one has, then adopt an style, execution, thatcan only be yours, entually you will achieve both, your own voice will comethrough, but it can take time. Study the book “How You Look at It” … Importantessays there will help you. Always try and be honest with yourself… forexample, is the idea of?6?7?6?7 being a photographer more exciting to you thanphotography itself, if this is true think about becoming an actor…if yougenuinely love photography don't give it up. Understand and enjoy the fact thatphotography is a unique medium. Respect and work within photography'slimitations, you will go much further.
去???伯特???斯（Robert Adams）的?影理?????上，好好研??伯特???斯，你??到很多?西。去?文?作品，特?是早期俄?文?、法?文?以及?代美?作品，?有???文?，比如詹姆斯??伊斯（James Augustine Aloysius Joyce，1882-1941），???文?作品在描?和??方面??影??接近。不要?了?格而?格。如果你有自己的主?，你也可以?用?人的方式，只要?主?有?助。
反之亦然。如果你要去拍大家都已?拍??的?西，那?就?用你自己?有的方式和?格。而最?你??都?得到，你的意??自己??出?，但?需要??。去??《How You Look at It》?本?……其中重要的文章??你有?助。要保持?自己??……比如，到底是?一??影??件事更?你激?,何氏贵宾会，?是?影本身？如果是前者，那?你??去做演?……如果你真的???影，那?就不要放?。理解?且享受?影作?一??特的媒?的特性。接受?影的局限性，在?些局限之??量拍?，然後你可以走得更?。
Don't become a photographer unless its what you have to do. It can't be theeasy option. If you become a photographer you will do a lot of walking so buygood shoes.
Young photographers should learn their craft well and don't expect to make aconstant living at taking pictures. But they should FOLLOW THEIR BLISS. Findtime to pursue themes that indicate their concerns, big and small. Above allwhen shooting, MAKE AN ARTICULATE IMAGE.
Stop talking theory when a camera is in their your and do not over-think theimage. Lose the ego and let the photograph find you. Observe the life movinglike a river around you and realize that the images you make may become part ofthe collective history of the time that you are living in.
Learn the craft (which is not very hard). Carefully study past work ofphotographers and classic painters. Look and learn from movies. See where youcan fit in as a commercial “photographer”. Commercial: meaning working forothers and delivering a product on command. But most of all keep your personalphotography as your separate hobby. If you are very good and diligent it justmay pay off.
Read a lot and create your own universe. Learn how to construct and create aseries. Do not be impressed by other works. Try to innovate or simply to beyourself.
My advice to photographers is to get out there in the field and takephotographs but also if they are students to finish their course, learn as manylanguages?6?7?6?7 as possible, go to movies, read books, visit museums, broaden yourmind.
Be yourself, Don't copy anybody.
Study the works of the greatest photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson andAndre Kertesz. Try to travel to many parts of the world and understand what adiverse world we live in.
Don't stop questioning yourself (it'll make you less arrogant). Push. Push,scratch, dig… Push further… And stop when you don't enjoy it anymore… But mostof all respect those you photograph…
Throw yourself off a cliff. Figuratively speaking, I mean. Photography is a language.Think about what you want to use it to talk about. What are you interested in?What questions do you want to ask? Then, go for it, and throw yourself intotalking about that topic, using photography. Make a body of work about that.
The camera allowed me to share the lives of others, to walk around in theirworld, to view their horizo?6?7?6?7ns. That's when I got excited about photography.
Be yourself and look outside of yourself.
Although there are far more people trying to be photographers than there werein those heady days of 1980, there are also far more opportunities. Gone arethe days, thankfully, when a commercial assignment, or even a picture in anewspaper, can damage the chance of gallery representation.
Yet what is clear is that a number of good pictures are no longer enough; todayit has to be about ideas, and about the intent of the work. If you havesomething to say, and even better you have an innovative way of saying it thenopportunities are out there.
I sense that photography is concerning itself with real issues again. For sometime much of photography seemed to be about itself, and while this was fine,and interesting in some cases, it's not what photography is really good at.Understand this by familiarising yourself with the rich and wonderful historyof our medium. Be proud of it, what it has,
and what it can, achieve. Don't try and reinvent the wheel. Be inspired. Tryand copy, if you like (because no one can). Find a subject you care about.Something that moves you. Something which stirs your rawest emotions. And thenhave patience.
Find something you are passionate about, and shoot your way through thisobsession with elegance and you will have potential great project.
Stick to one project for a long time. And keep working on it through manystages of learning, even if it might feel finished. Its the only way to breakthrough what I think are some vital lessons that need to be learnt aboutstory-telling and how to combine images.
My main piece of advice for young photographers who have just come out ofcollege is to get away from the hubs of photography like London and New York.There are so many photographers touting their portfolios round in places likethis that people end up fighting to do jobs that are not what they really want,just to make ends meet. It's the kind of environment that doesn't fuel anyone'screativity (well mostly anyway…). My advice: go out and do the things theyreally want to before getting tied in…if they don't take the risk at thebeginning they'll find it much harder to come back and take it later on.
I believe photography ? like many other things one does in life ? is the exactexpression of who one is at a given moment: every time you compose and releasethe shutter you give voice to your thoughts and opinions of the world aroundyou. So other than the obvious patience (photography is a complex medium, avoice which requires time to develop) and perseverance and the necessaryhumility when dealing with others, I would recommend working to become a moredeveloped and informed individual, a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen.This will tr?6?7?6?7anslate into a deeper more complex understanding of the worldaround you, and ultimately into a richer and more meaningful photography.
You have to fight for being a photographer! More seriously, my advice for youngpeople is to go to exhibitions, to see books and try to do a personal projectwhich they feel they have a unique approach of it because they are close to thesubject and need to express and understand urgently things about it.
Photography has something to do for me, like with Diane Arbus, with oneselfthrough the others and with unconsciousness (sorry for my English: I mean“l'inconscient”) a psychoanalytic approach. I will answer to a third questionbecause it's linked with above: why did you become a photographer? I became aphotographer because I don't have memory. It took me quite a long time tounderstand that trough my personal researches (“Inquest of identity or a Jew insearch of his memory”, “Chile. The roads of the memory”, “My father's memory”,etc.), I was looking for the “missing” pictures. Making my book “Inquest ofidentity”, I found out that my aunt-my father's sister who was a Nazi campsurvivor- had at her home a picture of my grand-parents deported and killed inAuschwitz that my father never showed to us. Thanks photography, I met myfather's parents that I never knew. That's what I like with photography. Ithelps me to understand myself and the past through the present.
像迪安?阿勃斯（Diane Arbus）一?，?我???影有特?的意?，是通?他人?表?自己、是?意?的??我?我糟糕的英?道歉，我是指“?意?”、是一?心理?程。我要回答第三???因???前面??是相?的，那就是“我?什?要成??影?？”我??影?是因?我?有??，我花了很???在我?我的?《Inquest of identity or a Jew in search of his memory》、《Chile. The roads of the memory》和《My father's memory》等做?查的?程中想明白的（帕特里克?扎克曼Patrick Zachmann是一??太裔的?影?，???????都是他所做的?於自己的?族的?查，?充一?查到的相???），那?我一直在?找“失去的”影像。在??《Inquest of Identity》?本?的?程中，我??我的姑姑，也就是我爸爸的姐姐，是一??粹集中??存者，她保留了一?我祖父的照片，我的祖父是?斯?新集中?的遇?者之一。但我父????有?我?看???照片。感??影，?我看到了我?未??的祖父，?就是我???影的原因，它使我能?了解自己，以及通???了解?去。
Be yourself, get up early, and don't try too hard, as whatever is trying tocome out will come eventually without any effort, learn to trust your instinctsand don't think about what others will think or about the process too much .Work hard but enjoy it.
If you want to be a photographer, you have to photograph. If you look at thephotographers' work you admire, you will find that they have found a particularplace or subject, and then have dug deep into it, and carved out something thatis special. That takes a lot of dedication, passion, and work.
Follow your heart and never give up.
Dig in and follow your instincts and trust your curiosity.
Try live something intense, at home, abroad… it does not matter. It has to bepassionate. And once you know the basics forget about photography.
Avoid all photo schools and courses. Most will give you lofty ideas and twistyour mind in one direction. Find your own way to photography, nobody will askyou later if you have a diploma. Visit as many museums as you possibly can. Theimages you see (painted, drawn, etched or photographed) will stay with you forthe rest of your life. They will help you to discover good pictures in reallife. Suppress any silly ambitions of becoming a great artist. Being a goodphotographer is difficult enough.
To photograph what is closest to you and the things that you enjoy and have aninterest in. Make the whole process as fun and least difficult as possible.