don’t take boring pictures

As an addendum to the previous set of posts exploring my thoughts on “street” photography, I just wanted to throw a light on one of the best.

Tony Ray Jones’ brief career left an important mark on documentary photography.

Much has been written, so there really is nothing I can add without resorting to plagiarism, but if you’ve not seen his work, please do seek it out and absorb it. His eye for composition in a documentary setting remains unparalleled 50 years after his untimely passing.

In addition to his legacy of images, one particular and famous page from his notebook is as relevant today, across all photographic genres, as it was when he wrote it over half a century ago, so if you need a set of guidelines on which to base your photographic development, I reckon these are just about all you need. 

Tony Ray Jones’ famous notebook

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