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The Art of Photography => Discussing Photographic Styles => Topic started by: Ivo_B on December 28, 2019, 03:58:47 am

Title: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Ivo_B on December 28, 2019, 03:58:47 am
A new Magnum course:

Magnum Course Alex Soth (https://learn.magnumphotos.com/course/alec-soth-photographic-storytelling/)

Check it out.
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Rob C on December 28, 2019, 04:07:47 am
A new Magnum course:

Magnum Course Alex Soth (https://learn.magnumphotos.com/course/alec-soth-photographic-storytelling/)

Check it out.


There's something kinda sad about it coming to that, for Magnum.

Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: RSL on December 28, 2019, 07:22:30 am

There's something kinda sad about it coming to that, for Magnum.


It's heartbreaking, Rob.
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Ivo_B on December 28, 2019, 11:58:33 am

There's something kinda sad about it coming to that, for Magnum.

Happy New Year!

Yes it is.


It is nice that Magnum take this initiative to create some revenue opportunities for their photographers.
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Rob C on December 28, 2019, 02:05:09 pm
Yes it is.


It is nice that Magnum take this initiative to create some revenue opportunities for their photographers.


No. Nobody needs to do that. Better retiring.

Magazines are dead; there is no money even for the big fashion bibles regularly to send guys around the world anymore. There is no more Life. The Internet apparently has no money either for anyone except famous kids of famous parents. The gig's done for the vast majority, with only a couple of stars shining brightly in the firmament.

Just because I'd mentioned it a few days ago, I pulled out that Vogue with Lindbergh's last shoot for the magazine. Slowly and carefully examining the pages, I realised that advertising fashion photography has merged inextricably into still life. The pages were dead as bricks. One or two actually gave the photographer a credit, which makes me wonder if that was in lieu of payment. Better take the money, however little, and save one's reputation, but to what purpose? (These were not Lindbergh's pages.)

I don't enjoy being old, but I'm sure glad I was young when I was young!
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 28, 2019, 11:59:12 pm
I don't enjoy being old, but I'm sure glad I was young when I was young!

Amen to that!  Much better than "I'm so glad I'm not young, today".

The truth is, however, that photographic storytelling skills will never get old, no matter the medium.
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: SharonVL on February 13, 2020, 09:27:33 am
I would like to see this course if it didnít  cover so many topics. It sounds like you get tiny bits of info on a lot of things. If it covered just photobooks, for instance, for five hours I would buy it. I miss Michaelís videos here. They were always in depth on one subject.

Sharon
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: RSL on February 13, 2020, 10:50:16 am
I don't enjoy being old, but I'm sure glad I was young when I was young!

Amen!!!!
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: NortheastPhotographic on December 24, 2020, 11:17:12 am

No. Nobody needs to do that. Better retiring.

Magazines are dead; there is no money even for the big fashion bibles regularly to send guys around the world anymore. There is no more Life. The Internet apparently has no money either for anyone except famous kids of famous parents. The gig's done for the vast majority, with only a couple of stars shining brightly in the firmament.

Just because I'd mentioned it a few days ago, I pulled out that Vogue with Lindbergh's last shoot for the magazine. Slowly and carefully examining the pages, I realised that advertising fashion photography has merged inextricably into still life. The pages were dead as bricks. One or two actually gave the photographer a credit, which makes me wonder if that was in lieu of payment. Better take the money, however little, and save one's reputation, but to what purpose? (These were not Lindbergh's pages.)

I don't enjoy being old, but I'm sure glad I was young when I was young!

There is such as thing as non-commercial photography.  Even if you have a small audience it can be worth doing.  I make projects that nobody sees mostly because I enjoy doing it.  I'd rather not be featured in a Condi-Nast rag, personally. 
Title: Re: Alex Soth: Photographic Storytelling
Post by: Jitchaku on March 25, 2021, 02:05:52 am
I would like to see this course if it didnít  cover so many topics. It sounds like you get tiny bits of info on a lot of things. If it covered just photobooks, for instance, for five hours I would buy it. I miss Michaelís videos here. They were always in depth on one subject.

Sharon

You might find some value/entertainment in what he's been posting to Youtube recently: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHIxfgu7HE9_Tok9OGNrQ_g

I want to emphasize (as he does) that these are exceedingly freeform, informal videos, where he by-and-large "rambles" through various photobooks he favors or finds interesting; they are not prepared lectures or intended as overt education. Personally, I enjoy this; I think there is much to be gained in appreciating how an artist engages with and receives a book's immediacy, and the various threads Soth tugs on or connects between differing works and styles is enough to hold my attention usually. Plus! It's free  ;D