Chapter 10
Shooting Still Lifes: The Secret Life of Things
Eminent photography historian and curator John Szarkowski once noted that while a picture might be worth 1,000 words, most of those words are nouns and adjectives. This is true for all photographs—but especially so for still lifes.

Thinking About Still Lifes

Photographing inanimate objects, like all photography, begins with the idea that we want to communicate something about the object we’re photographing. Every object has a story; it was created by a person or by a force of nature.
Every photograph we make of an object has a purpose. We want someone else to pay attention to it. We want them to desire it, to buy it, to appreciate it, or to be awed or appalled by it. Photographs of ...

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