What advice would you give to a photographer starting out?
Stuart Franklin: Take photographs, then more photographs. Of anything – friends, yourself, family. Train your eye.
Moises Saman: Be passionate about what you doing and always aim for honesty in your work.
Mark Power: Find a subject you are interested in and make work about it. If you are struggling to find your own voice, don’t worry; look at and learn from the history of photography, so you have some idea where your work fits and so you are not reinventing the wheel. Read books about the subject – good ones – and visit exhibitions. Research your ideas, but not to the point where you “talk a good picture” while there are no decent pictures on the table – I see/hear this a lot! Don’t be afraid to be heavily influenced by others – eventually your own voice will come out. Take risks; get out of your comfort zone. But you must be committed, and work hard. And be patient: recognition rarely comes quickly.
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There are about 46 million Americans living below the poverty line — 15 percent of the entire (U.S.) population. …But here’s a stat that may provide some perspective on pvoerty: according to the Department of Health and Human Services, about nine percent of Americans have some kind of substance dependence. Most of those people cannot earn a living.
So let’s do the math: 15 percent poor; nine percent addicted. Maybe poverty is not exclusively an economic problem.
Fox “News” shithead BILL O’REILLY, making a spurious — at best — statistical leap during an October 12, 2011 broadcast in which he also makes Tavis Smiley’s and Dr. Cornel West’s heads spin.
So much for the no-spin zone.
Fox News: “Let’s see, what can we put together to make up some bullshit connection that will make people think even less of poor people?”
All of this. The old Dixiecrats have reared their ugly heads again.
Honestly I think this is overly simplistic and it ignores how educational disenfranchisement goes hand in hand with classism in the U.S. I’m not suggesting that education makes people less racist, sexist, heterosexist, etc. But generally speaking, I do feel like there is an issue of class that people often ignore when it comes to the Tea Party. I feel it is less that the “Baggers” of poorer backgrounds are willing to hate in exchange for being paid for by corporations — I really and honestly believe many of them have been taught internalised classism. American values encourage classism. It encourages the idea that poor people are poor because they haven’t worked hard enough. Poor whites without access to education that could help them not only overcome their issues with class but expand their horizons and challenge the racism that they have been brought up with are exploited by these corporations who use their ignorance as a means for getting them to ignore the economic policies they hold. After all, if you’re a poor person who’s working your ass off in a shit job for 40 hours a week, you’re not given the educational tools to deconstruct your oppression, you don’t know why you’re working so hard for so little, and a nice man in a suit comes along and says, “It’s cause those other welfar-ing poor people are taking your money”, I feel like you’re apt to believe that because you don’t know WHY ELSE you’re stuck. Now don’t get me wrong, classism does not excuse racism and heterosexism, but to simplify that Baggers as just hateful, ignorant bands of white racists without addressing the issue of class and the exploitation that is going on… I feel that’s a classist disservice.