Paul Strand on Snapshot Photography

"...the whole concept of the snapshot has to be looked upon in a very broad sort of way.  If you want to use the word snapshot, you should not use it contemptuously. Snapshot should not be a derogatory word. The snapshot is the result of the scientific development of photography, and all developments should b welcomed and used with sensitivity. The snapshot has nothing at all to do with amateurism or casual photography. It can be used by many people for many different reasons; by amateurs and by professionals, and also by artists. There is no one answer to the question of how to photograph. There are many ways, and there are many ways to use the materials that have become available."  

Paul Strand. Blind Woman, 1916. Excerpted from 1974 article on Snapshots in Aperture Magazine

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