ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Work and Teaching by Irving Penn and Other Teachers of the Famous Photographers School

Screenshot of article posted at MagnumCross-posted from Hyperallergic [by Claire Voon] and from Magnum.   “In the 1950s and ’60s, tens of thousands of students across the US were receiving an arts education by mail, through correspondence courses designed and distributed by the Famous Artists School on painting, illustration, and cartooning. In 1961, 13 years after the Westport, Connecticut-based school’s founding by Albert Dorne, students could also learn about photography under the guidance of some of the field’s most famous names, from Richard Avedon to Irving Penn. Known as the Famous Photographers School, the offshoot lasted for just over a decade, closing in 1974.”

Follow that up with How To Get New Photographic Ideas: Philippe Halsman’s tips for developing creative photographic projects from Magnum: 

“The life’s work of late Latvian-American Magnum photographer Philippe Halsman is a masterclass in creativity. The photographer’s outside-of-the-box thinking resulted in creative compositions and genre-pushing takes on portraiture, from getting an actor to answer questions via facial expression, to making portrait subjects jump in the air.”

“A now-rare book published in 1961, Halsman on the Creation of Photographic Ideas, aimed to offer unpretentious, practical advice and inspiration for photographers in order to help develop creative approaches to their work, addressing a problem faced by photographers of all kinds.”

Work by Irving Penn and Other Teachers of the Famous Photographers School Emerges

How To Get New Photographic Ideas

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