Three Important Lessons We Can Learn From Two Master Photographers

Robert Frank and Sergio Larraín are two of the most famous photographers in history, and as such, we can learn some important lessons from their images and their approach to the craft. This excellent video essay takes a look at their work and their philosophies and discusses three important lessons we can deduce that will help us become better, more complete creatives. 

Coming to you from T. Hopper, this great video essay discusses three lessons we can take from the work of Robert Frank and Sergio Larraín. I think the lesson that we should worry less about fitting in and take more risks is particularly salient. That is not to say technique does not matter; after all, Picasso said: "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." Rather, once we are solid with a camera, we should always be pushing ourselves to grow and explore new ways to express ourselves through our images. Stagnation tends to destroy creativity, and it tends to lead to a particularly insidious form of dissatisfaction that we often seek to remedy through alternate means, like purchasing expensive gear, when the real cure is a resumption of growth, however uncomfortable that might sometimes be. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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