Photocritique: Giving Meaning to Buildings


photocritique-1015-3-750It is easy to make a picture of a building that describes its appearance. Yet editorial photographs of buildings must go well beyond just showing what a building looks like. Photojournalists making pictures of buildings should have a message in mind and then do whatever they can to capture that meaning in a photograph, instead of merely recording appearance. In the following three examples, I do just that—simply by adjusting my exposure and changing my vantage point. By photographing New York City’s Empire State Building from three different places at different times of day, I go beyond description to tell three different stories.

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