Many of the design problems that photographers face have been addressed by classical artists. Bridging the gap between classical art and street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson combined the two practices and set the world of photography on a new course.
He and his followers at Magnum converted the lessons from classical artists into photojournalism, street photography and portraiture. This video introduces the visual language, examining its basic grammar and the ways in which photographers can build up each element in their own work. Specific examples from master painters who were proto-street photographers are examined and discussed.
One should come away from this video presentation with a completely new way of viewing the design accomplishments of classical art. Museums and galleries will breathe with new life as the geometry of art and design is decoded specifically for photographers. Be enlightened by the list of “common compositional mistakes” that many photographers make, because the rules are only taught to fine artists. Also revealed is where the “Rule of Thirds” comes from, as well as a look at additional techniques to use in the photographic format.