A photograph does not say more than a 1000 words.

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Prüst: A photograph does not say more than a 1000 words.

“Photography as a medium can be very powerful: the still image allows for contemplation, it can refer to cultural and visual traditions, and as a representation of reality it forces the viewer to think about the depiction and its meaning. As such, a successful photograph can evoke emotions, and can perhaps even explain something basic about a certain situation, as it refers to memory, and cultural, and historical situations.

But a photograph cannot and does not provide context, it cannot explain a situation, it does not show reality, a photograph does not say more than a 1000 words. A successful photograph creates order in chaos: it makes us contemplate a moment in time. The emotions you feel may need 1000 words to express them, but the photograph can ususally be explained more quickly and easier.” Marc Prüst, originally posted here: World Press Photo of the Year 2011

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Marc Prüst is a tutor at the IPA Photo 360 Workshop in Singapore on 2nd – 3rd June 2012.
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  1. A picture is WORTH a thousand words. No one ever says that a picture SAYS MORE than a thousand words. This photographer is confused.

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