Must read: Jörg Colberg on How to write about your photographs

“For the love of God, please don’t tell me you’re investigating or exploring something with your pictures! You’re not. You’re not a scientist (unless you are literally one, in which case you publish the work in a scientific journal). ” -Jörg Colberg, How to write about your photographs

If you’re like me, you struggle writing about your own photographs. But it’s an incredibly important skill. Just about every call for entry on our deadline calendar requires a written component, whether it’s just a story summary or an artist statement or a full-blown grant proposal. Jörg Colberg just posted a great guide to writing about your pictures that focuses both on practical advice–start writing while you’re photographing, don’t just describe what’s in the pictures–to more abstract approaches to the task–write using your voice. Ultimately, he thinks that your writing should answer one question: “Why should I, the viewer, care about your pictures?”

There’s a lot more to Colberg’s advice, and I don’t want to summarize it here. Head on over to Conscientious and read it for yourself. And while you’re there, spend a little time perusing his recently completed Index of the site…there’s so much there if you haven’t checked back in a while, and now you can browse by subject. The conversations with photographers are not to be missed.

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