Asher Svidensky Isn’t Shooting Anyone: On Photography As a Language
“Photography is the youngest language in the world,” says photographer Asher Svidensky in his most recent TEDx Talk, but why are the words used to describe photography so violent?
Join Asher on his 11-minute talk about how photography can be a bonding tool, rather than a dividing one, how he uses it to express himself and about the universality of photography as a language.
Approach or Steal?
I would like to bring up an issue of principle which is connected to photographing people and portraits. One that each photographer has a different opinion and personal way about doing: Do I, as a documentary photographer, need to approach and ask the permission of my subject of photography to take their photograph, or do I “steal” the desired image without them knowing about me doing so?
The biggest advantage when we take a photo without our subject knowing about it is – Authenticity. When a person doesn’t know he’s being photographed, he acts naturally, doesn’t react upon us as photographers and doesn’t feel the need to impress. He acts exactly how he would if we didn’t notice him at all. In this article, I use the verb “steal” for a reason.
Documentary Photographer Uses Forced Perspective Photography To Help Preserve Mongolia
Often in photography, we are told to be different, to do things in ways that are original, unique. Do something that sets yourself apart from the rest of the pack. It’s good advice, especially as the vast pool of photographers inevitably becomes more and more saturated. In a series of photographs by Daesung Lee, the artist demonstrates his unique approach not just in his photography, but also in their exhibition.
Having printed a collection of billboard sized landscape photographs Daesung captured in Mongolia, the artist then returned with the oversized prints to the plains of Mongolia, where he blended them into the horizon using a little forced perspective. Next, Daesung had Mongols of all ages, their horses, and their cattle interact with the images. He photographed these interactions using, yet again, a brilliant example of forced perspective to create a powerful set of photographs.[Read More…]
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