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Every so often someone will ponder or ask the question outright: “Why do you take pictures?” The simple answer, which is often the best, is that photographs can be powerful. Did you ever see someone look at a picture and cry? Did you ever see someone look at a picture and smile? Did you ever see someone look at a picture and recoil in horror or astonishment?
I have seen all of these and I have experienced them as well. Oh, and one last thing…photographs can be fun.
The Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) has produced a YouTube video called The Power of a Photograph and they provide specific examples of
Moments of Loss & Desperation
Moments of Defiance
Moments of Bravery
Moments of Love & Respect
…And Moments of Triumph
The video below helps us appreciate why people take photographs and the power behind pictures.
From the YouTube video:
Published on Apr 19, 2016
“The COOPH team explores iconic photographs and famous moments throughout history that captured raw human emotions and stunned the world.”
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Quoted from the text of the above video [emphasis added ]…
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