Archive for May 20, 2009

Becoming a Photographer

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by stevemccurry

When people ask me how they can become a photographer, I almost never mention cameras, lenses,  or technique. 

I say, ‘If you want to be a photographer, first leave home.’ As Paul Theroux, a great writer and friend, further advises, “Go as far as you can. Become a stranger in a strange land. Acquire humility.

Leaving home really means that the photographer (or writer) has to wander, observe, and to paraphrase Theroux, concentrate on people in their landscape. That is what I try to achieve in my pictures.

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