Christa May: What is Photography?


Photography is empathy visualized. Akin to how music cuts through analytical thought and into the soul of a person, photography makes us feel our shared humanity. Photography takes the sense of the universal and elevates it to the sublime through visceral, tangible visual formal elements such as shape, color, tone, texture, pattern, and composition. Photography is a visual meditation.

Christa May, designer and artist

Photograph by © Cory Rice

What Is Photography? Let's Find Out!

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No,  photography is the about the pleasure of looking. Try it.

I don‘t press the shutter. The image does. And it‘s like being gently clobbered ~ Diane Arbus, postcard to Marvin Israel, January 29, 1960