The Four Ways of Photography / On the Go

The Four Ways of Photography / On the Go



Dance Dacapo, Berlin 2014. © Knut Skjærven.

Before you consider the many different types of photography you may want to consider the four ways of photography.

These are: 1) photographs where you stress the quality of your equipment; 2) photographs where you stress the quality of your vision; 3) photographs where you acknowledge the interplay of both; and 4) photographs where you don’t stress much at all.

Photography is different from many other forms of art since it rely on a delicate machine we know as a camera. As the intermediate to the art product.

You need a camera to produce a photograph.

If you are a painter, a sing and song writer, a sculptor, a novelist you are not barred from your subject matter in the same way as your are as a photographer. 

Barred may be the wrong word but I am sure you know what I mean. 

Talking about street photography, since that often is considered as an area without an aim. You should not be surprised that the order or things, in terms of quantity, is that 4) comes first, 1) comes second, 2) comes third, and 3) comes fourth.

I am referring to the four ways of photography mentioned above.

It was Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), who said that photography comes all to easy.

That might be the reason why.

© Knut Skjærven
Copenhagen, February 3, 2017.

This post is written for the 2017 update of One The Go. Workbook for New Street Agenda. The book consists of short texts and pictures. Posts prepared for the update are tagged #onthego, and #onthegoworkbookfornewstreetagenda.

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Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven is a Norwegian photographer, writer and researcher working out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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