What Can We Learn About Photography From Picasso?

Photographers can learn a lot from the realm of the visual arts, and few artists were more groundbreaking than Pablo Picasso. What can Picasso's works, approach, and philosophies teach us about modern photography? This excellent video tutorial discusses the topic and offers a wider range of useful advice for growing as a creative. 

Coming to you from Peter Forsgård, this fantastic video tutorial discusses what photographers can learn from Pablo Picasso's work and philosophies. My composition teacher always had a Picasso quote taped on his door that said: "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist," which is something that has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw it. I think a common mistake many people make is forgoing learning fundamentals of technique, composition, etc. under the belief that anything can be art. And while that is true, the idea of such rules is not that artistic expression should be contained in some set of boundaries, but rather that by learning common practices and ideas, you will have built a secure foundation in both craft and knowledge of the history of the art from which to begin that artistic exploration. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Forsgård.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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