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10 Things Todd Hido Teached Me About Photography

  • Not everything has been done before. Go and do your work. You can see where it leads and how it fits once it’s made.
  • I see things differently in the dark. Night is a quiet time without as much going on. The world moves slower. Lots of things disappear into the darkness.
  • Ambiguity is one of the finest tools for making art. In my way of thinking, images should raise more questions than they answers.
  • Sometimes you take a picture but only figure out later why it works : What are the elements that made it a success that created this feeling ?
  • I photograph like a documentarian, butI print like a painter.
  • There are no rules. But sometimes you just need parameters.
  • How do you know when you are done with a project ? That’s when you’re done : when you’re not compelled to shoot the subject anymore.
  • I don’t analyze my photographs like this while I’m shooting. Making and analyzing are completely different processes.
  • I think there’s a real value as an artist in working with the same person over time.
  • We all have a story to tell, and I believe that we can’t help but tell it.

© Aperture – Extracts from Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and Some Nudes

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