Posted by: David Vernon | August 27, 2008

Photographs that make you feel

Mackinaw River SunsetPhotography Director Rob Haggart, who runs a pretty good commercial photography blog, had a post today entitled “Here’s What I Think of Your Photos“. It’s a fair treatise on the power of photography to make you feel something emotional – and how a lot of photographers aren’t getting all the way there.

Contrary to that is photojournalist Renee Byer. A Bradley University grad, she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her photo essay of a young cancer victim. This slide show is a testament to photography making you feel. Perhaps photojournalists have an edge there – taking you places commercial clients don’t want to go – with such raw, naked emotionalism. But commercial clients still want to connect with their customers – and they want to do it on an emotional level – but on an emotional level that makes you want to buy their stuff.

Something to think about.

And speaking of Renee Byer, you can check out the real deal here in Peoria. Right now. “A Mother’s Journey,” Pulitzer Prize winning photographs by Renee C. Byer, Bunn Lectureship in Photography exhibit, is running Aug. 25-Oct. 10, at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Art Gallery. Even better, there’s a reception and artist lecture on October 2 in the early evening. The gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The reception on October 2 is from 4-6 p.m. followed by the artist lecture, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 677-2989 for more info.


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