Front Porch: Photography

Harlem newsboy, photographed by Gordon Parks, 1943, courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress.

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Front Porch: Photography

by Harry L. Watson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 17, No. 2: Photography

"It requires very special talent to make great photographs, and those who have it are among our finest artists."

What is it about photographs? They have been around since the 1830s but still seem far more novel than paintings or drawings. Photography equipment can be cheap and simple and takes no special talent to use, so everybody can take pictures. And we all do. Even so, it requires very special talent to make great photographs, and those who have it are among our finest artists.