What makes a really good photograph?
There are all kinds of answers to that question.
For some, it is the technical quality of the photography itself. The rule of thirds, the lighting and the colour, the focus on the subject. You can read more about the ideal composition of a photograph in our article Ten Photography Tips for Beginners.
For others, it is more about the emotion conveyed by the photograph and the story it tells. And then there are some photographs that are just iconic because of the significance of the moment they capture.
In 2016, Time magazine undertook a project called 100 Images that Changed the World. Nominations for photographs were received from curators, historians and photo editors all around the world then narrowed down further by Time’s reporters and editors until the final 100 were agreed. The process was exhaustive and time-consuming, but resulted in 100 photographs that represent “turning points in our human experience”.
We share four of these photographs with you now. Some may make you smile, others may make you cry. After seeing them, you may well conclude, along with Time magazine, that “the best photography is a form of bearing witness, a way of bringing a single vision to the larger world.”
Although Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, he also carried the camera equipment so became the photographer. This resulted in Buzz Aldren - second man on the moon - featuring in all the photographs. However, this iconic photo also features Armstrong reflected in Aldren’s visor.
This photograph was taken by an anonymous photographer in 1932. The 11 workers were taking a lunch break 840 feet above Manhattan on a beam across the 69th floor of what was to become the RCA Building. The photo was part of a promotional campaign for the new complex.
A day after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, photographer Jeff Widener witnessed an unknown man carrying shopping bags stepping out in front of tanks as they returned to the plaza. The tanks stopped for the man, who was taken away and has never been identified.
Another war-related example was taken by Nick Ut, from the Vietnam War in 1972. The young girl in the image had been badly burned by napalm. Ut managed to get her transferred to an American facility for treatment that saved her life. That same year, America’s involvement in the war ended.
If you are a keen photographer, we hope that the above images have inspired you. You can see the full collection on Time’s 100 Photos website.
But sometimes our best photographs can be a little closer to home. If you take a look at the frames page on our website, you can see some of the wonderful ways that Venture Studios can help you to display photographs that are especially significant to you and your family. We offer stunning ranges of wall art and desktop frames that protect, preserve and highlight your special photographs whilst enabling you to enjoy them on a daily basis.
So if the above photos have helped to reinforce the power of photography, then maybe it’s time to reflect that in your home? If you book a photography experience with us, we will not only create some wonderful photographs of you and your loved ones, but also help you choose the best way to display them in your home for maximum impact.
To arrange a photography experience with Venture Studios, all you need to do is either book online or get in touch with your nearest Venture Studios and we will sort everything out for you.
We look forward to meeting you soon, and helping create photographs that will become your best.
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