Seven Resources to Help Develop Your Photographic Style

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A photograph can convey information about a particular object, place, or social issue. With so many different approaches to photography, the following resources offer an overview of different styles, as well as brief history of photography.

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Collecting Life’s Remnants with Nigel Poor
Bay Area-based Nigel Poor is an artist who encourages the use of photography as a way to closely examine our daily activities and interactions with commonplace objects, in order to gain a deeper understanding of who we are.  In this video, Nigel offers three fun photography projects that explore this idea of documenting our personal lives.

Documentary Photography with Paccarik Orue
Learn about the work of Paccarik Orue, a Peruvian documentary photographer currently residing in San Francisco. Paccarik is interested in using his camera to connect with ordinary people, usually residents of low-income neighborhoods. In this video, Digitizing Film Negatives with Paccarik Orue, he guides you through the process of making digital prints from film negatives.

Sixth Street Photography: Visual Arts
Tom Ferentz is the artistic director and founder of the Sixth Street Photography Workshop, which he started in 1991 to make photography accessible to low-income and homeless people in San Francisco. With the help of volunteers, participants can take classes of various skill-level on a weekly basis. In this video, testimonials from students illustrate how photography has changed their lives for the better, thanks to the efforts of the workshop. For more information on the workshop, use this comprehensive educator guide.


The Great Depression: Creating Narrative through Photography
Explore the work of a distinguished American photographer Dorothea Lange who started her career with portraiture photography and later turned to document the events and people during the Great Depression. Discover the creative processes that guided Dorothea’s work.

The Art of Portrait Photography | Off Book
At what point does a mere snapshot of someone become a work of art? Four modern photographers discuss examples of their work that illustrate accessibility of portrait photography and its ability to communicate certain ideas or feelings. These artists share their personal stories, as well as creative experiences.

Graciela Iturbide: Exploring the Landscape | Art in the 21st Century: "Investigation"
According to Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide,  being an “investigator” of the world and of the people is essential for creative growth. Graciela spent a good chunk of her career photographing people in her native Mexico. Guided by her intuition, she often chooses to feature complex subjects in her work. Besides using her camera for portraits, Graciela has taken photographs of landscapes in the Southern United States. Learn more about her fascinating work in this video.

Photographer on a Mission: Ed Drew
Besides working for the California Air National Guard, Ed Drew also has a passion for tintype portraiture photography. Whether on a mission in Afghanistan or in the fields of a local garden project, Ed uses his camera to connect with people he encounters. Learn more about Ed’s work, as well as the history of tintype photography.