By Erica Fong August 19, 2019
This World Photography Day, we share insights from five renowned photographers including Chen Man and Steve McCurry
Widely regarded as Mainland China’s hottest photographer, visual artist Chen Man fronted the cover of our December 2018 issue and even shot Cathy Lee for our May 2018 issue.
Chen Man on what inspires her:
“Old-time and modern China both inspire me—their unique elements and tone and style are just not found anywhere else.”
READ MORE: Chen Man On Using Her Fame For Good
Known for her dreamy approach to photography, Petra Collins is a Canadian artist, photographer, fashion model and director who rose to prominence in the early 2010s. The muse of Alessandro Michele (Gucci’s creative director), she’s also one of the faces of the Gucci Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign.
Petra’s advice for budding photographers:
“That would be to always push forward. Photography is tricky when you start, it will take a second for you to find your eye. It takes a while for you to express what you’re feeling inside. Just don’t give up!”
Read more: Petra Collins On Fronting The Lens
Mherck Dela Cruz is a Hong Kong-based Filipino photographer best known for his raw and real style of photography—particularly of “millennial culture.”
Mherck on what makes a good photo:
“I think it’s really important for people to just feel comfortable and to be themselves. When people are confident in who they are, it really comes through in photos, so it’s really important to have a great time and to let loose.”
Read more: What Inspires Millennial Photographer Mherck Dela Cruz
Steve McCurry first garnered international acclaim with “The Afghan Girl”, a haunting National Geographic cover shot from 1985 depicting refugee Sharbat Gula. Since then, he’s traveled the world on numerous assignments, documenting the zeitgeist and spellbinding vignettes of humanity along the way.
Steve on what makes something picture-worthy:
“I’m a visually-oriented person. If you’re walking down the street and see something, you’d probably be inclined to keep walking. But for me, I will walk and shoot at the same time. There are times when you’re out and open and you’ll discover something—photography is not a rigid process.”
Read More: Legendary Photographer Steve McCurry
London-based Italian photographer, Enzo Barracco, won the world over with his book The Noise Of Ice: Antarctica. Passionate about bringing Antarctica back into the spotlight, his work shows Mother Nature in all its majesty and fragility.
Enzo on what a camera represents:
“I’m not generally attached to any object, but my camera is the one thing that allows me to express my vision of the world, so it definitely holds a special place in my life. When I am somewhere remote, the camera is the portal bridging my experience to the public who will see my images. Because of that, I have a deep respect for it.”
Read more: Enzo Barracco, Explorer And Nature Photographer
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