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This issue features valuable resources on How To Write About Your Images.

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Writing an artist’s statement is something I initially resisted. For years I’d heard all of the excuses from many great artists, “Pictures should be seen and not heard.””If I could say with words what I want to say with images, I’d have become a writer.””Those critics got it all wrong.” But, did you ever notice how the people who write about other people’s art always have to address what the artists wrote about their work? Van Gogh’s and Edward Westons’ journals are both excellent examples of this – and worth reading.

I broke down and wrote my first artist’s statement when a gallery insisted they needed one for their exhibit and the response was positive. (A professor at Stanford later asked permission to share it as an example of how to do it well.) I was surprised not only by the positive response to my writing but also by how much I learned about my images while I was writing about them. I knew how to make the work – physically, emotionally, subconsciously –  but did I understand what I had done fully. My conscious mind had some catching up to do … and in the process, I found new ideas. Now I make writing about my images a regular practice. Why? I understand them better. Other people connect with them more. And I find new ideas.

I’ve collected some valuable resources that will help you write about your images.

Start with my free PDF.

9 Ways Of Writing About Your Images

Then move to this collection of quick tips.

6 Tips for Artists on How to Talk about Their Art

4 Tips for Writing a Good Artist Statement

How to Write an Artist Statement

4 Ways to Write an Artist Statement

An Authentic and Easy Artist’s Statement | 10 Powerful Tips

Want even more? Try these three information-packed resources.

What Should An Artist’s Statement Contain?

The Language of an Artist’s Statement

Examples Of Artist’s Statements

There’s even an entire website dedicated to helping you write better artist’s statements.

Artist’s Statement.com – Resources To Help You Write A Good One

It’s easy to make fun of artists statements when they’re done poorly or for the wrong reasons –while you’re doing it just be clear about what makes them funny and you’ll learn a lot while you’re having fun. You can learn a lot about how to write well by looking at examples of bad writing. So, don’t use this to write your artist’s statement, instead, use it to figure out what and how not to write. And don’t forget to laugh along the way.

Artists Statement Generator

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I create and curate a lot of content on creativity, art, and photography.

Here I’ve collected some invaluable resources for finding, energizing, and deepening your creative vision.

You’ll get a great taste for the content on creativity we offer in our Digital Photo Destinations Workshops.

Seth Resnick @ B&H – Seeing Color & Enhancing Creativity

John Paul Caponigro @ TEDx – You’re Created To Be Creative

John Paul Caponigro @ Google – The Creative Process

John Paul Caponigro @ Austin Talks – Find Your Way

Gregory Heisler highlights the importance of doing things your way.

Gregory Heisler @ Creative Live – Embracing Your Uniqueness

David Duchemin writes soulfully about cultivating your vision.

David DuChemin – Your Next Step : Authentic Work

David Duchemin – Finding Vision ?

David DuChemin – Chasing Photographic Style

David DuChemin – Vision And Voice

Hungry for more? Savor this book.

Thomas Moore’s – Original Self

Want to find out more about my creative process?

Check out my ebook Process.

The big take away? Creativity is an evolving process of discovery. If you simply engage the process with an open mind and a willingness to try new things, you’ll be uplifted by the surprises it holds for you. And, with mindful practice, you can start to influence the courses your creative life takes to make it more likely that you’ll get the results you desire most. Dream, act, fulfill them.

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Want to be more creative? Whether you can’t seem to get going, find yourself stuck in a rut, or you want to break through to your next level, you’ll find these articles both inspiring and useful.

7 Simple Ways to Be More Creative in 2018

Why Exercise Makes You More Creative

Need a Creative Boost? Take a Look at Your Diet

Want to Be More Creative at Work? Take a Vacation

Why Meditating Might Make You a Better Artist

Some People Can See Sound, or Taste Color. Does It Make Them More Creative?

When Timothy Leary Got Artists to Take LSD

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives 

The Creative Learning Spiral Envisioned

How Creativity is Measured—And Why It’s So Difficult

Pour your favorite drink, relax, and enjoy.

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Where can you find inspiration and advice from over 100 of the world’s top photojournalists?

The Magnum Photos website is a treasure trove of great content that I find exceptionally inspiring and educational.

But where do you start?

Sample these eight resources first.

Finding Your Subject By Magnum’s Bruce Davidson

Creating a Portfolio: Advice from Magnum Photographers

Long-term Photographic Projects Tips From Magnum Photographers

Telling Stories: the Single Image VS The Series

Simple Advice For Photographers By Magnum’s Alex Soth

Advice to Documentary Photographers From Magnum’s Martin Parr

Work Ethic: The Principles That Have Shaped A Photographic Practice By Magnum’s Susan Meislas

On Ambiguity By Magnum’s Stuart Franklin

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About Magnum Photos

In 1947 Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour founded one of the most important artists’ cooperative ever created – The Magnum Photos agency.

Magnum photographers are a rarity and the agency is self-selecting; membership is a minimum four-year process and is considered the finest accolade of a photographer’s career.

For nearly 70 years Magnum Photos has been providing the highest quality photographic content to an international client base of media, charities, publishers, brands and cultural institutions. The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated regularly with new work from across the globe.

Magnum Photos maintains its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Their photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.

Magnum Photos reaches a global audience and has established itself as the authentic, storytelling photographic brand. It remains loyal to its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence.


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