Langford's Basic Photography is a fantastic introduction to a wonderful subject. I can't see how my life could have been anywhere near as full or as rich as it has been without photography. It's been everything to me, the electricity in my life, the way to communicate with people, to fall in love, to vent my displeasure at the world, to articulate every fiber of my feeling. Photographing has allowed me to express all of this and to make some sense of it.

Photography's power is as a passport: it gives you permission to participate in a whole series of situations in life that you wouldn't be allowed in normally. Whether it's a car crash or a presidential election, society immediately accepts you into this event because you are a photographer. ...

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