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Photography is a form of non-verbal communication. It its best, a photograph conveys a thought from one person, the photographer, to another, the viewer. In this respect, photography is similar to other forms of artistic, nonverbal communication such as painting, sculpture, and music.

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ― Ansel Adams


What IS Photography Appreciation?

Photography Appreciation studies reflect the art, expression, and history of photography from 1839 to the present. When you study a work of photography, of course you should observe and understand the technical and artistic qualities. Of course you should be able to appreciate  what the photographer was seeing and believing. But don't forget this: You should also be able to read the spirit of the photographer. Learn to work with those levels of observation and sensitivity, and you have become a true critic of the art.



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For me, the real challenge of photography is not portraying a mood, but telling a story with a single image. - DH


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