Are you already familiar with the work of these famous photographers?
Photography like any art, should not be practiced in an echo chamber. In order to become better at your craft you need to see what other artists are doing. This is how people grow and hone their specific skill set.
Trying to emulate famous photographers work is not stealing, its merely a practice of your skill. The act of creating something new and unique comes out of this practice. Here’s our list of famous photographers that I hope you can get some creative inspiration from.
Here’s our list of the top 40 famous photographers of all time!
Annie Leibovitz is a very prominent photographer. She began her career shooting for Rolling Stone magazine, working there for 10 years before moving on to other ventures. She shoots for many publications but does a majority of her work for Vanity Fair.
If you were to pick up a current issue of the magazine she would probably have shot some of the images in it. Leibovitz has photographed almost every celebrity imaginable and what really sets her apart from other famous photographers is her lighting style.
She uses a very distinct lighting setup which delivers a muted almost painterly image. Her photographs are very recognizable if you have studies her work even for a short period of time. Consistency in your photographic style is a great skill to attain because it means people can easily recognize your work and you will get hired more.
If you want to emulate Annie Leibovitz, you must become a master in studio lighting. Although studio lighting can be a bit scary at first, when done well the reward is a beautifully crafted image. Using special lighting isn’t always expensive either.
You can purchase amazing off brand speed lights from amazon for about a quarter of what you would pay for name brand ones. After that its just a matter of getting comfortable with your gear and practicing often.
A typical portrait by Annie Lebovitz has muted colors and lots of props.
Here’s a GREAT behind the scenes video of Annie Leibovitz in action!
This man’s work is literally huge. Think of the most extravagant photograph that could ever be constructed and Gregory Crewdson has done it. Gregory Crewdson has become a famous photographer for this exact reason.
He spends thousands and even millions of dollars to create a single photograph. Imagine the set of a major motion picture being used for one single image. Gregory began experimenting with these large-scale sets in college and just keep making them more extravagant.
As a photographer, he utilizes everything from busted fire hydrants to manually fogging up whole sets to achieve this look. He uses large format cameras to capture all the depth that is going on in each scene and then makes huge prints. I have been told that the only way to grasp the depth and detail of his photographs is to see them in person.
The idea of setting up scenes is very interesting and one that could be experimented with at great length. You don’t have to invest a lot of money or have many tools to create something amazing. I recommend starting off by recreating some of Gregory’s shots and then try some of your own ideas. This would be another great place to implement the use of speed lights.
Crewdson uses theatrics and cinematic tools to accomplish his complex photographs.
Richard Avedon was a fashion and portrait photographer from New York. He became celebrated by shooting for many publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and photographed an array of prominent people. But the work that I want to point out is a body of photographs entitled In The American West.
In The American West, Richard traveled across the country photographing everyday people that he thought were interesting. In The American West, he would put up a white sheet on the north side of a building for even lighting and consistent background. His assistants would be constantly reloading his giant 8×10 camera while he interacted with the subjects.
As he walked around he would snap a photo getting incredible expressions from the people standing in front of his cameras. Similar to Crewdson’s work, Avedon printed these very large. The detail in each image is breathtaking.
While some regarded this work as a fashion and portrait photographer as poking fun at blue collar workers, I think that it sheds a beautiful light on the professions these people had. It offered viewers in galleries and insight into everyday life and work that they were not accustomed to and put it right in front of their faces to experience. These images are also stunningly beautiful works of art.
Richard Avedon really took his time in choosing interesting and unique individuals to photograph. These photos are very worth spending some time looking at.
By photographing people on the same background, Avedon puts his subjects on a level playing field.
Moving away from large format photography, Elliott Erwitt primarily shot on 35mm cameras. Erwitt was originally from France and immigrated to the United States to go to college. He worked as a photography assistant in the US army where he honed his skills.
As a photographer, Elliott focused a lot of his attention on street photography and is one of the wittiest street American photographers ever to grace the earth. His images are both deep and funny at the same time images. If you like street photography, Elliott Erwitt will blow you away!
This is a classic example of Erwitt’s comedic approach to photography.
Probably celebrated as one of the most interesting famous photographers of all time, Vivian Maier did not become prominent until after her death. In 2007 John Maloof purchased a trunk of negatives and undeveloped film from an auction. Little did he know that the contents of this trunk would include thousands of images by a soon to be a well-known photographer named Vivian Maier.
What we now know about Vivian is that she spent her life as a nanny. She mainly photographed on a twin lens 6×6 camera and brought it everywhere she went. The majority of her photographs were taken in Chicago and New York City. She simply photographed everything that interested her when she walked down the streets.
Although she was known to be reclusive and weird, her photographs do not depict this side of her. Vivian’s images are bold showing strangers staring right into her camera. I can only imagine what people thought when they noticed a nanny pointing a camera at them on the streets of Chicago.
But her constant photographing paid off and her images are very careful and beautiful. The most striking thing about her photographs is that they seem to be from another era. When you look at her work it looks like it could have been shot in the 30’s or 40’s, yet most of them were shot much later on.
If you want to learn more about Vivian Maier I recommend watching a wonderful documentary made about her entitled Finding Vivian Maier.
Vivian Maier seemed to always be at the right place at the right time.
As a photographer, Ansel Adams is celebrated for his breathtaking nature photographs in the 1930’s and for 25 years to follow. Few people know that Ansel Adams was also a staunch environmentalist. Ansel Adams grew up in Northern California, and spent much of his youth at Yosemite National Park, which became the spotlight of his work.
His first notable piece was his prominent image Monolith, the Face of Half Dome. You can watch more about Ansel Adams and his Yosemite National Park work below!
Another prominent photographer, Steve McCurry shot one of the most celebrated photographs in National Geographic history. McCurry’s National Geographic career took off when he snuck into Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion.
As a photographer, he managed to sneak rolls of film out of the country by sewing them into his clothes and the images were made famous by the New York Times and Time magazine.
His most celebrated photograph is entitled “Afghan Girl” is a simple portrait of a young girl. It is hard to describe how incredible the Afghan Girl photograph is but there is just something so captivating about it. Afghan Girl captured the worlds attention and has been one of the most prominent photos to ever grace to cover of National Geographic.
He tried to replicate the photo by photographing the same girl years later but it did not have the same effect. Steve McCurry is still working as a photographer and has spent a lot of his career overseas capturing stunning portraits of common people.
McCurry created a hauntingly beautiful image here.
Robert Frank was a Swiss-American photographer famous for his book entitles The Americans. Frank traveled across America by car in 1955 capturing the everyday lives of Americans. When his book finally got published and printed in the United States, it was met with criticism.
Luckily for Frank, he had Jack Kerouac wright the introduction which gave the book some traction. Over the years the book became a beloved classic in the art world and most of the critics vanished.
If you ever get a chance to look through The Americans, you will see how refreshing the view is from Franks camera. He gives an outsiders perspective that may not have been as powerful from a patriots perspective.
Robert Frank was aware of the social aspects of America in the 50’s.
Winogrand was a street photographer who operated out of the Bronx, New York City. He worked as a freelance photojournalist and an advertising photographer but he loved the street. He had an ingenious way of shooting a decisive moment where he would focus without looking through the camera.
By guessing how far his subject was he would look at his lens and guess the focal point. He was very good enough at this and got great black and white images time and time again. Winogrand was also known for shooting with a wide angle lens and putting it right in strangers faces to create black and white dynamic shots. His work will live forever as some of the best street photography images ever created.
Winogrand was always aware of how people fit in spaces as well as how comedy can be found in every aspect of life.
Dorothea Lange was a documentary photographer and is famous for her black and white work in the great depression era. As a documentary photographer, Dorothea Lange worked for the Farm Security Administration documenting the lives of people during the early 1930’s and at this time captured her most famous photograph.
Dorothea Lange’s photograph entitled Migrant Mother depicts a mother with two young children living in a lean-to tent. She told Dorothea Lange that they had been living off of frozen vegetables and birds they had killed in the fields. Migrant Mother is an iconic black and white image and a striking one at that. As a documentary photographer, Dorothea Lange photographed people from all walks of life including people in Japanese internment camps.
Lange was able, to sum up, the Great Depression in a single image.
Edward Henry Weston was one of the most influential 20th century American famous photographers. He gained acclaim for his work in various genres. From nudes to still lifes to landscapes, Edward Weston portrayed subjects in innovative yet simple ways. Many believe that Edward Weston developed the American approach to modern photography due to his focus on Western America’s places and people.
From everyday objects to elemental landscapes, Weston helped take photography out of the Victorian perception of painting. He pioneered a modernism approach of a large-format camera to produce richly detailed black and white pictures. Some of his famous works include photos of sea shells, cabbage leaves, and peppers that look mystical and almost erotic.
Throughout his four-decade career, Weston showed carefully composed, sharply focused images. He continued working until his Parkinson’s disease forced him to give up the camera in 1948. Weston’s legacy lives on a three-generation span of famous photographers, his sons Cole and Brett, and grandchildren Cara and Kim.
Considered by many historians to be the ‘father of photojournalism’, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. He was a pioneer and savant street photographer known for his candids. Henri Cartier-Bresson referred to his photography style as a representation of intuition, simultaneously, and spontaneity.
Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the term ‘the decisive moment’, which became a fascinating yet highly debated topic in modern photography. This refers to the situation when the psychological and visual elements of people in real life scenes come together in harmony to express the essence of that moment.
Henri Cartier Bresson traveled to China during its revolution, then to the Soviet Union after Joseph Stalin’s death, and finally to America after World War II to document the economic and social disruption after the war. Cartier Bresson was also one of the first photographers to make use of a 35mm film while others used bulky and heavy medium format cameras.
Cunningham was an American famous photographer famous for portraits, industrial landscapes, and botanical photography. Her intimate portraits convey blurred imagery and soft focus to solidify the structure and figure of her subjects. Meanwhile, Cunningham’s floral still lifes show natural forms using light, shadows, and attention to details.
Her earliest prints were made in Pictorialism, a photography style that mimicked academic painting from the turn of the century. Cunningham also experimented with crispier pictures to create the technique known as sharp focus photography.
In 1910, she established a solid reputation as a portrait and commercial photographer. By the early 1920s, Cunningham changed her style to include plant life and street photography. She also briefly worked for Vanity fair and celebrities in the 1930s.
Here are some famous photographers who specifically focus on weddings!
Elizabeth resides in NYC and is known for her dreamy wedding photography. She prides her work on its’ uniqueness, saying that she doesn’t get caught up in the latest photography trends. She absolutely captures each wedding’s true nature, often using film.
“I am enamoured with the rituals at weddings. I am often moved personally when I see a couple kiss for the first time after exchanging vows or during the first dance. These sweet moments in life are treasures. In the end, I think the wedding industry chose me.”
Chrisman Studios is comprised of four best American photographers and one videographer, based in Charleston, NC and San Fransisco, CA. The were voted one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world, by American Photo Magazine. Their destination wedding photographs are known for their color, vibrancy and overall JOY they capture in every setting!
Jose was named one of the top wedding photographers by Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, and Style Me Pretty. He is a fine art wedding photography known for his wispy, elegant style to capture a decisive moment.
“My approach applies fine art photography to the living, breathing, fast-moving phenomenon that is a wedding. For me, it is all about making something beautiful. Ultimately, my goal is to craft vibrant, energetic, fine art images that are as unique as the people in the photographs.”
Jeremy is based in Pasadena, California and actually went to school for architecture! After realizing that he didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day, he bought his first DSLR. His passion for photography is reflected in all of his amazing photographs.
Jeremy has photographed weddings around the world, and has been featured in all the major US wedding blogs. He was recently named Film Photographer of the year, by acclaimed Belle Lumiere Wedding Magazine
Roberto is famous for his romantic, timeless and elegant wedding photography and is currently sponsored by Canon. He has earned countless awards throughout his expansive career, and has been featured in popular magazines like Cosmopolitan Bride magazine, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographers of America magazine.
Sam is located in Washington, DC and artistic style and creativity. “You’re not going to read about any awards, badges, or “top 10 lists” because what matters is you’re in love with the work that you see and are ready to trust me entirely to do what I do.
This trust drives me to find the perfect balance between creative experimentation and honest documentation.” You can check out his work here!
Daniel Kim is a wedding and portrait photographer. Although Daniel may not be known as a famous portrait photographer yet, he is definitely a pro! He graduated with a fine art degree from Arizona State University and it shows in his commercial work.
He is a mixed digital and film photographer and shoots medium format color film. Kim uses a style of photography that involves purposefully overexposing the film. Color film is more forgiving than a digital sensor.
Therefore you can purposefully overexpose film within reason, and end up with beautiful results. Another interesting aspect of his work is that he develops and scans at home. By developing and scanning from his home studio it allows Daniel to control every aspect of this process.
Over the years this has resulted in beautifully crafted images that are the exact tone and color that Kim is looking for.
If you shoot film I strongly recommend that you try this process out at least once. By changing your light meter to a different film speed than you are shooting you can trick your camera.
So if you want to overexpose 400 ISO film set your camera to meter at 100 ISO. By doing this you will overexpose your film in the camera. You can also tell the lab who is developing for you that you want to push your film 1 or 2 stops. They will expose the film for a longer time and you will get similar results. If you get this right I promise the results are amazing.
By overexposing his film Kim creates a bright and airy look to his photographs.
Christian is famous for his specialty work with light and unique angles. He is known for his editorial style that combines both elegance and authenticity. His aim is to “ between the couple on their wedding day.” He has shot weddings from NYC to Paris.
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Greg was recently voted one of the top photographers by Harper’s Bazaar! His elegant work stands out because he shoots primarily in film.
When asked about notable weddings, he mentioned one that hasn’t even taken place, which shows that creative work is never done!
“Right now, the wedding that stands out to me is one that has yet to happen. It will be taking place at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, where Eva Longoria and Tony Parker got married a few years ago. The bride has chosen a bespoke haute-couture gown that she is creating with the designer in Paris.
Recently, we all realized that the final dress is actually going to be twice the weight of the bride herself which will present some serious challenges during the day, especially for the couple’s photos in Paris. But–I can’t wait for it, as it’s going to be an amazing wedding! ”
What about a list of famous photographers specializing in nature and landscapes?
Larry Beard originates from San Clemente, California, and started his passion for photography, specifically ocean photography, as a surfer at the ripe age of 16. He is known for his wave and macro photography from beaches across the world. Larry is also a contributor to NG, and sells his pieces through his fine art gallery. Trust me, guys, his work is AMAZING in person!
Frans Lanting works in many different parts of the world including the South America, Africa and Antartica. His photographs are regularly published in NG, where he was a staff photographer. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, California and continues to work all over the world.
Peter Lik is known for his work with his panoramic photography that he prints on metallic silver-halide paper, to give a unique glow. Back in 2010, he sold a print for $1 million to an anonymous buyer, which is the 11th highest grossing print sale in history. He currently has galleries all over the world. Guys, GO check out his work. It’s AMAZING in person, his pieces radiate.
Alfred Stieglitz is among the most prominent figures in the American visual arts history because of his work as a photographer, publisher, gallery owner, and art dealer.
Many thought of photography as a technical and scientific process at the turn of the 20th century. Alfred Stieglitz changed that by bringing photography as an art form. Throughout his life, and until his death in 1946, he fought for photography to become a respected art form.
Stieglitz believed that he had a straight photography style, free from tricks and manipulation. He showed an excellent technical mastery of texture, geometric motifs, tone, and sharp focus in his images. His most famous work is his pictures of New York City that shows the Big Apple from different angles.
Man Ray was an American visual artist who contributed to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He was best known for his portraits and fashion photography. Ray also experimented with creating camera-less images, which he called ‘rayographs’.
Ray had been greatly influenced by Alfred Stieglitz’s work, in which he used a similar style of unvarnished photographs. He also highlighted negative space, shadows, and hard-edged application of unmodulated color.
In the 1920s, Ray started making moving pictures and completed four highly creative, non-narrative films. He returned to Paris in the 1950s and concentrated on painting until he died.
Gursky is a notable German photographer that focuses on large format architecture, landscape photography, and digitally-manipulated photos. His unique compositions frame subjects on a grand scale, often using a high point of view and later splicing multiple frames together for a more dramatic result.
However, this photography technique reignited the age-old debate about image manipulation and a camera’s truth-recording capacity. Nevertheless, the world continues to admire Gursky’s work, with some of his images reaching the highest prices in the art market among living famous photographers.
Despite his knack for surrealism and abstractions, his work typically assesses contemporary life’s busyness and consumer culture. His photographs are full of color and industrialized touch, which are surprisingly seductive and beautiful.
Porter was a famous photographer for his colorful and intimate nature images. He became interested in photography by using a Kodak box camera to take pictures of birds and landscapes at his family’s summer home in Maine. Much like Ansel Adams, Porter practiced ‘straight’ photography to show the subject in an upfront manner, emphasizing details and tones.
Porter shifted to color photography after a publisher rejected a proposal for a book on birds since people couldn’t differentiate the bird species on black and white pictures. He used a system of strobe lights and spent hours composing the scene to photograph birds.
In the early and middle 1950s, Porter traveled extensively to photograph culturally and ecologically significant places. He documented the Adirondack Park, Glen Canyon, Appalachia, Baja California, the Galapágos Islands, Turkey, Greece, Iceland, Africa, China, and Antarctica. With his work, Porter was able to publish a number of critically acclaimed photography books.
Here are some famous portrait photographers, past and present!
Phillppe is a very well known portrait photographer, famous for his work during the 1940’s. He still holds the record of having more covers of LIFE magazine, than any other photographer. He had a life long friendship with the famous artist Salvador Dali, and they collaborated on many projects together. His portrait photography work is creative, innovative, and thought provoking.
Phillppe photographed famous artists and actors like Marilyn Monroe, to political and writer Winston Churchill, to acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock, to the famed scientist, Albert Einstein. He clearly had a sense of humor if you browse his body of work!
Mihaela is becoming internationally well known for her project, “The Atlas of Beauty.” Mihaela, from Bucharest, Romania, has spent the last four years traveling the world and capturing stunning images of women. Her goal is to create connection among normal women with extraordinary stories.
Arbus was a famous photographer best known for her portrayal of the people from New York in the 1950s and 1960s. She captured unrelenting direct photographs of people considered as social deviants at that time. Her pictures often show her subjects gazing directly into the camera, with the sharp focus drawing the viewers to look and acknowledge them.
Her documentary eye produced shocking yet intriguing portraits of nudists, tattooed men, asylum inmates, mentally ill, strippers, drug addicts, carnival performers, midgets, and the LGBT community. Arbus photographed her subjects in familiar settings like their homes, workplace, or street to show that they are like anybody else.
While her work pushed the boundaries of what people perceive as proper, her photographs highlighted the essence of equality and proper representation at a time when few people were willing to accept the marginalized as functioning members of the society. At present, famous photographers see her photography work as an inspiration for psychological intensity.
Hurrell was an American photographer renowned for his portraits of Hollywood stars. His signature style of precision lighting, spotlights, composition, shadows, and hand-retouching on the negatives, contributed to Hollywood’s glamour from the 1930s to 1940s.
Hurrell’s striking black and white portraits became sought after for the marketing of actors.
After shooting some seductive images for actress Norma Shearer, MGM hired Hurrell as its photography department head. While at MGM, he was in charge of taking headshots of Hollywood stars for each film. Aside from that, George worked for Warner Brothers Studio and Columbia Pictures.
Hurrell served in World War II and lived in New York afterward as a fashion photographer. While he returned to Hollywood in the mid-1950s, his glamour portraits no longer appealed to studios. Hurrell continued to work as a stills photographer on film sets until his death.
Sherman is an American artist who spent most of her professional life exploring concepts of identity, sexuality, and femininity. Her photography work consists mainly of self-portraits, depicting herself in various contexts and imagined personas. Sherman’s unique portrait photography style became central in the 20th century’s image proliferation and consumerism.
While Sherman started as a painter, she became frustrated with the art form’s limitations during the era of minimalism, leading her to shift to photography. She gets inspiration from pop culture television, film, imagery, and fashion to challenge the restrictive roles of feminine identities and aversion to objectification.
As a master of socially critical photographs, Sherman questioned the mass media’s oppressive influence over people’s individual and collective identities. Through her self-portraits, she called the audience’s attention to unsettling subjects, forcing them to reconsider cultural assumptions and stereotypes.
As a photographer, Mann is one of the most renowned black and white portrait photographers in America. Since the 1970s, she produced a series of portraits, landscape photography, and still life, including the documentation of her family. Mann’s printing style also forms an expressive, dramatic, and brooding mood.
Immediate Family, which is among her most prominent series, shows the complexity of time between childhood and adolescence, and the primal and playful aspects of human behavior. Mann also created a project dealing with mortality using the death of her dog and various decomposition stages. These concepts led the world to describe her photography work as controversial.
In the 1990s, Mann experimented with the wet plate collodion process, which was the dominant photographic process during the American Civil War. She used this labor-extensive method to show a fresh appraisal for the ground where the country’s bloodiest war was fought. The process’ blotches, dust spots, and chemical streaks resulted in a mysterious aura.
And finally, here are some famous photojournalists!
Margaret Bourke-White was the first American female war photojournalist, the first woman hired by LIFE magazine in 1936. As a war photographer, she was the first female war correspondent during world war II and traveled with General Patton at the end of the world war.
She is best known for her photography work as the very first foreign photographer allowed to take photographs of the Soviet Five-Year Plan. Later, she became involved in the ongoing conflict in India as a war photographer, where she captured her portrait of Mohandas Gandhi.
As a photographer, Bourke-White used portrait photography as a tool to analyze social issues from a humanitarian point of view. Her focus on social realism depicted the everyday realities of life. As a landmark photojournalist, Bourke-White captured numerous iconic photos of the 20th-century life and conflict, including the Great Depression, and social and political movements from the 1920s to 1950s.
Chris, and American born photojournalist, is most known for his war photography. As a war photographer, he was a two time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. He was made famous for his photography work in Iraq during 2005, when he captured images of the carnage of war. Chris was killed in Libya while photographing Libyan Civil War in 2011.
During his long career, French photographer Robert Doisneau documented the surreal in the everyday life of the French people. As an early pioneer of photojournalism and street photography, his images have become widely acclaimed in photography history. As a French photographer, Doisneau described his craft as an unexpected way of capturing the marvel of daily life.
After working for the French Vogue, Doisneau returned to shooting the streets of Paris, often photographing his subjects unaware, conserving the genuity of human behavior. This includes his most famous picture, The Kiss, an iconic shot of a young couple kissing passionately amongst the Parisian crowds.
In 1984, Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honour for his contributions to French art and culture. Three years after his death, a photo gallery in his name was opened in France.
Robert Capa, born Endre Friedman, was a war correspondent and photojournalist. Capa, which means ‘shark’ in Hungarian, was a nickname he made for himself because of his up-close style of shots. Despite being one of the premier war photographers, Robert Capa despised war and used photos to highlight the adverse effects of combat.
The American-Hungarian risked his life to document soldiers in action in five wars, including the Spanish Civil war, the early days of Vietnam, the liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. He also covered the first wave of soldiers during the D-Day landing in World War II, although only a few of his photos survived.
Capa’s photography work around the world is some of the 20th century’s most raw, gritty, and emotional photos. His photo of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded became a powerful war symbol, earning him his global reputation. In 1955, the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established to recognize and reward exceptional professional merit.
Gerda Taro is known as the first female photojournalist who died on the frontline. She was famous for her disturbing photos during the Spanish Civil War. As the professional companion and lover of Robert Capa, they covered several aspects of the Spanish Civil War together, including the plight of Spanish refugees in Murcia and Almeria.
Despite her contemporaries overshadowing her photography work, Gerda Taro’s collection remains crucial documentation of war. The German-Jewish has a simple photography style that highlights the bravery of individuals. The emotional power of Gerda Taro’s photographs continues to show the complexity of wars.
While documenting the Spanish Civil War Battle of Brunete, Gerda Taro was crushed by a Loyalist tank and died days later. She was celebrated as an anti-fascist symbol during her short-lived career and even after her death.
I hope that this list of famous photographers of all time can provide inspiration and a jumping off point for your photography work. A theme that I see in all of these photographers is the ability to show the world things that they would not have seen otherwise.
Photography is so important because it has the ability to do that. It is a very important medium that the world relies on and shapes peoples ideas and understanding. Remember that the next time you take a picture and know that what you are doing is important.