There’s no more damning critique of a photograph than “It’s a snapshot.” This makes no sense to me.
Let’s examine what a snapshot is.
- Snapshots are usually reserved for family, friends and events, where we’d rather be enjoying ourselves than setting up a tripod.
- A snapshot discards the “rules” of photography and aims for pure emotion. What could be more artistic?
- The snapshot gives voice to 3-year olds, the poor and many other groups often considered unworthy of the “art” world.
The truth is the vast majority of photographers take snapshots.
The best selling cameras are made for snapshots.