Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/12/18

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Subject: [Leica] What make a great photograph?
From: lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin)
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:50:06 -0500

Sony writes:
"I work in an archive, and we preserve several thousand photographs.  The

most important ones to save are the snapshots that show the people, and how

the places looked.

The pretty pictures are nice, but the important ones tell us our history."

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I know that several sociological studies have been conducted by analyzing
troves of snapshots.  People (not photographers) take pictures of what is
important to them at the time. Looking through my own family albums, my
father's family, all immigrants in the pre WW1 period, took pictures of
their first house, their first car, and, of course their children. They
never traveled to the Grand Canyon or anywhere else.

Larry Z