McNair Evans on Making Good Pictures (and Avoiding the Trap of Digital Photography)

Posted by on Monday September 12, 2016 | Fine Art

©McNair Evans(Image from “Man in the Woods” for California Sunday Magazine ©McNair Evans)

Digital cameras make it easy to shoot sensational photographs, but that’s very different from making good photographs, argues photographer McNair Evans in this audio clip. The clip is an excerpt from our interview with Evans for a story in PDN‘s September issue about his recent assignment for California Sunday Magazine. That assignment was to retrace the saga of a mentally-ill recluse who murdered two people in a remote forest. By telling that story with what he describes as photographs “of a bunch of boring stuff,” Evans nevertheless managed to evoke a sense of foreboding and tragedy. Subject matter, he says in this audio clip, is the least important element of a photograph. He explains what he focuses on instead. For more about his work and approach, see “Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer.”

Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer
Mike Smith’s Lessons in the Visual Language of Photography Inspire McNair Evans



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