How I Mastered Photography

Practical ideas:

1. Study the masters

Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography Composition Studies

Study the masters. Once you study the masters, you got a strong base to build upon your own self-mastery.

Richard Avedon Photography Composition Studies

Who I consider my masters:

  1. Henri Cartier-Bresson
  2. Richard Avedon
  3. Josef Koudelka
Josef Koudelka Photography Composition Studies Slideshow

What you gotta do is actively analyze and deconstruct the work of the masters. The goal is to draw inspiration from them, then seek to SUPERSEDE THEM!

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2. 10,000 hours or 10 years of devoted practice

I aspire to make photos more enduring than bronze!

Certainly if you devote 10 years of your life to anything, you will master it.

3. Teach


To truly master something, teach it too! As you teach, you learn more.

Street Photography Starter Kit by ERIC KIM

4. Do you care?

I love street photography. I love photography. To me, art and photography is everything.

5. I’m forever hungry!

I eat a shitload of meat. I’m always hungry. Photos are the same; I’m hungry for more!!!

6. I analyze all forms of art.

Leonardo da Vinci, the greats.

7. I cross-pollinate

I don’t just get stuck in the ghetto of photography. I think beyond.

I read voraciously. I study random stuff like math, physics, projective geometry, and theorize on composition.

8. I make videos

Not just photo, but also video. I did the cinema for NONFUTURE.

NONFUTURE by Nguyen // Videos by KIM

To become an Uber-master photographer, you gotta master both photo AND video!

Walk Outside as Much As You Can

The apex photographer is both photographer and videographer. The future hybrid photographer is the apex.

9. Keep shooting until you die at age 120

CUBA 2020 Photography Slideshow

The goal — remain inspired and motivated to shoot photos until you die at age 120!



Dear friend,

If you’re new to photography, start here:

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Learn From the Masters of Photography


“He without a past has no future.”

Start here:

  1. Why Study the Masters of Photography?
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  5. Beginner’s Guide to the Masters of Street Photography
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The Masters of Photography

Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos
Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

Classics never die:

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