Oxford School of Photography

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The Photographers Eye – Szarkowski

I read in a book I found online

The Frame

Since the photographer’s picture was not conceived but selected, his subject was never truly discrete. never wholly self-contained. The edges of his film demarcated what he thought most important but the subject he had shot was something else: it had extended in four directions. If the photographer’s frame surrounded two figures, isolating them from the crowd in which they stood, it created a relationship between those two figures that had not existed before. The central act of photography, the act. of choosing and eliminating, forces a concentration on the picture edge — the line that separates in from out and on the shapes that are created by it.

I think this is a very good description of what we as photographers do

Here is a link to that book

The Photographers Eye – Swarkowski


Fred Herzog

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