On Being a Photographer

i’m reading the book “On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide” and the following resonated with me. The “he” the quote is referring to is David Hurn.

And it is no surprise that his admonitions to photographers carry the same message: think clearly, act sensibly, commit yourself to caring and work hard in order to discover joy. Then give the images back to the world from which they were taken. He has written: 

“In previous ages the word ‘art” was used to cover all forms of human skill. The Greeks believed that these skills were given by the gods to man for the purpose of improving the condition of life. In a real sense, photography has fulfilled that Greek ideal of art; it should not only improve the photographer, but also improve the world.”