Summary and Info
Photography has become pervasive in our society. Each of us sees hundreds, if not thousands, of images every day. The vast majority of images are those taken for personal enjoyment. These images either capture the moment or provide a form of self-expression. Many other images are used to lubricate the wheels of commerce. They appear in ads and on magazine covers and packages. Other images in magazines and newspapers are used to convey news or to make an editorial point. No matter what purpose images are put to, it is the images themselves that are transcendent. The way they have been captured is secondary. However, changes in technology can open new opportunities and approaches that change the way images look. For example, the introduction of the 35mm Leica back in the 1930s made it easier to capture fast moving action and images became more spontaneous and fluid, a far cry from the more formally posed images required by much larger and more ackward cameras.