Magnum’s Advice to Young Photographers


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Alec has been working hard to create some great contents for the Magnum blog, and his latest post, Wear Good Shoes: Advice to young photographers is a must read. 35 different photographers tell you their secrets of success - there’s gotta be something for everybody…

My personal favourite is Thomas Hoepker’s: “Avoid all photo schools and courses. Most will give you lofty ideas and twist your mind in one direction. Find your own way to photography, nobody will ask you later if you have a diploma. Visit as many museums as you possibly can. The images you see (painted, drawn, etched or photographed) will stay with you for the rest of your life. They will help you to discover good pictures in real life. Suppress any silly ambitions of becoming a great artist. Being a good photographer is difficult enough.”