Visual Literacy: A Conversation with Mel DiGiacomo


Mel DiGiacomo is a long-time photographer who picked up a camera by accident in 1968 and began to teach himself the art of photography. His career has been as wide as the field itself, featuring street photography, sports, weddings, and years spent in the Caribbean. During the past thirty years, he has done work for all the major international publications.

In this Event Space presentation, he brings with him his photos and discusses his philosophy in approaching his art. Early on an audience member asks about a rule concerning centering subjects in a photograph. His response is succinct and also says much about his style. There are two rules in photography, he replies. The first is that there are no rules, the second that if you do come across a rule you want to break, do so.

There is a huge amount of information in this talk. It is not primarily technical, although he does at times touch on that aspect. He goes on to say that aspiring photographers should look to the greats for inspiration. We should take his advice and spend the ninety minutes with him, learning and marveling at his wonderful eye and execution.



Very interesting to hear about your experiences. 

The horizon in many, if not most of your photographs,

is askew.   It would be instructive (for me) if you

could share your thoughts about this preference.


look at garry winogrand's brilliant many the horizon is of no concern.the subject matter is.


we shoot to quickly to be concerned with artificial rules.speed is our greatest concern,


the image still speaks.