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Assignment 15The Art of Seeing

Contributed by Mary Ellen Wortham Photography Instructor, Fillmore High School Copyright © 2014 Mary Ellen Wortham

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

—Diane Arbus

Purpose: To Practice the Art of Seeing.

Photography is a visual, non-verbal art form, a medium of observation. Photographers are skilled in observing what is before them, finding meaningful connections, and dismissing muddle. Iconic American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange saw the camera as an instructional device for teaching people how to see without a camera. Photography for Lange was a product of total attention.

Through mindful and habitual practice, you can cultivate the discerning eye of a ...

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