PALO ALTO, Calif. - They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for professional photographers, a picture can also represent thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours worked.
Photographer Camille Seaman traveled all the way to the Arctic and Antarctica to photograph melting icebergs.
"What I saw there was so heartbreaking," said Seaman. "I think that beauty is the best way to communicate and create some sort of emotion."
Seaman has covered the globe. But, she didn't start her photography career until she was 32. She says it's never too late to find your passion.
"You shouldn't feel like you are fixed to one thing," Seaman said.
She contacted Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photographers of our time. He snapped a famous shot of an Afghan girl for National Geographic.
"One of the things that struck me about Camille was the great enthusiasm and passion," McCurry said,
McCurry became her mentor.
"He said that you can't fake time, and I think that's really true. When you put time in on any subject or place it shows," explained Seaman.
Her passion is now her career: her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Time, the New York Times, Newsweek, and many others. She has received a National Geographic Award, the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, and was honored By the National Academy of Sciences for her photographs of icebergs.
Seaman is now five years into a new project, where she is documenting storms. She only accepts long-term projects because she says they allow her photographs to be more "honest."
Photography has come a long way since the first photograph was taken in 1826. Photographers have struggled to pursue a career in this artistic, free-lance industry and they are always in competition with the next guy who had the same aspirations. Photography is now the largest growing hobby in the world, and one of the most expensive. With equipment, hardware, and accessories photography has grown to be a mulit million-dollar industry. (Source: http://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/a-history-of-photography-part-1-the-beginning--photo-1908)
Famous Photographers: Some of the most famous photographers are people whose work has been admired, studied, and praised. These artists understand what it means to capture the essence of their subject; whether it be nature, a person, an object, or anything that seems inspiring. Some of the most famous photographers are:
- Robert Capa
- Jerry Uelsman
- Ansel Adams
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Jay Maisel
- Dorthea Lange
- Brian Dufft
- Yousuf Karsh
- Annie Liebovitz
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