Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Documentary Style Photography--a 100 Year Comparison

 Words and Pictures by Angela Cappetta

Good pictures are successful because they are perpetually iconic.

Example below. On the left is a recent picture I took on a job in Turkey. The picture on the right is a random 1920's American image I found while looking at ancient wedding photographs for inspiration.  I gleefully gasped at the similarities.

First, let's look at the differences:
-2 separate continents
-2 different centuries
-2 different brides, both on the brink of bliss

These pictures have staying power. 

Properly done documentary-style photography never loses relevancy. Your wedding pictures should have the staying power of any other well-made art form. 

When it comes to real photography, spend wisely on something that has 100 year staying power.  If this comparison doesn't prove it, I don't know what does.

Left photo by Angela Cappetta, shot in Ankara, Turkey 2010.  Right photo, unknown, found in research files.

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