In our survey we asked photographers where they find their inspiration.
In most cases they find their inspiration in museums. This is obviously not possible at the moment. I think that if we would ask the question today, in the middle of the corona crisis, quite different results would emerge.
Another striking result is the difference between websites and social media. Apparently, social media is too volatile or fragmented to serve as a source of inspiration. A website or newsletter often gives more room, more context and much more depth.
Over 68% of the respondents browse through his or her photo books. This share will probably also be higher in these times. There is more time than before to browse through the photo books at your ease. I notice that I also take more time for that myself. Especially because I spend the whole day at home working behind a screen. In the evening I prefer to sit with a photo book on my lap to admire and analyze the work of famous photographers.
Some of my favorite books at the moment are Magnum Contact Sheets and Present (Stephan Vanfleteren).
|Magnum Contact Sheets because in this book you don’t simply look at iconic photos, but actually see the whole process of creating that photo. In the Contact sheets you can see all the photos of that specific shoot, and therefore also those that were not chosen in the end. Very educational and interesting.|
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|Present, simply because Vanfleteren is one of my favorite photographers and his oeuvre is extraordinary. Really a pleasure to look at and the quality of the book is great.|
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I will soon post extensive book reviews later.
So I’d like to know if you have been looking at your photo books more lately. Did you?