Photographers can learn a lot from the realm of the visual arts, and few artists were more groundbreaking than Pablo Picasso. What can Picasso's works, approach, and philosophies teach us about modern photography? This excellent video tutorial discusses the topic and offers a wider range of useful advice for growing as a creative.
Coming to you from Peter Forsgård, this fantastic video tutorial discusses what photographers can learn from Pablo Picasso's work and philosophies. My composition teacher always had a Picasso quote taped on his door that said: "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist," which is something that has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw it. I think a common mistake many people make is forgoing learning fundamentals of technique, composition, etc. under the belief that anything can be art. And while that is true, the idea of such rules is not that artistic expression should be contained in some set of boundaries, but rather that by learning common practices and ideas, you will have built a secure foundation in both craft and knowledge of the history of the art from which to begin that artistic exploration. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Forsgård.
Picasso was incredibly lazy. Yes, he was a groundbreaker. But once he found a gimmick people were willing to pay for, he didn't progress much. His cubism is boring, boring, boring. And he was full of himself because he could earn a living with little effort. I have no admiration for this man. I grew up in a family of artists, and have met many artists of his type. They get stuck in a rut. Picasso lucked out because he had rich people willing to pay for his work.