Magnum: Advice for Young Photographers

6 of Magnum’s biggest professional photographers chimed in to share some valuable advice for photographer like you and I who have a passion for the craft and daydream about one day turning it into a career. My favorite pointers comes from Chris Steele-Perkins.

  1. Never think photography is easy. It’s like poetry in that it’s easy enough to make a few rhymes, but that’s not a good poem.
  2. Study photography, see what people have achieved, but learn from it – don’t try photographically to be one of those people.
  3. Photograph things you really care about, things that really interest you, not things you feel you ought to do.
  4. Photograph them in the way you feel is right, not they way you think you ought to.
  5. Be open to criticism – it can be really helpful – but stick to your core values
  6. Study and theory is useful, but you learn most by doing. Take photographs – lots of them – be depressed by them, take more, hone your skills and get out there in the world and interact.