What Makes a Good Picture?

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A photographer friend had asked for quotes on the ‘feeling’ in photography, and I offered Irvin Penn from a collection I had assembled a while back..

‘A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective’.

This led me to hunt down when / where Penn had said this. It was not at all obvious in a web search, until I came across a scanned copy of Popular Photography, February 1956, on Google Books. This contained a special symposium on the issue of ‘What Makes a Good Picture?’, and it included Penn’s quote.

I could not download the file, but I did take a few screen shots of the appropriate pages.

Penn is the second photographer quoted in the summary pages of the symposium.


Perhaps idle hands during the lockdown?

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