Photography, theory and practice: the Corriere's series with Canon Academy

Fotografia, teoria e pratica: la collana del «Corriere» con Canon Academy An image taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera. The author of the photograph is Mohamad Zukiman

One of Henri Cartier-Bresson's most famous photos was taken in 1932 in Brussels. He portrays two men in front of a fence, the one on the left peeks beyond the barrier, through a hole. Commenting on this image on the pages of “La Lettura” of the “Corriere della Sera” last 15 March, the German director Wim Wenders, wrote: «The surprising thing is that they both seem totally unaware of the” real observer “who is spying on them: the man with the camera, the” Third Man “, Henri Cartier-Bresson. While the two men embody the very origin of photography: seeing with your own eyes versus looking through an opening. The beauty of this photo lies in recognizing the entire range of “seeing”, thanks to the invisible third spectator, the photographer “. “He – continues the director, a great lover of photography – sees with his own eyes and preserves an image of this moment for all of us”.

Il primo volume della serie, «Il bianco e nero», in edicola il 27 marzo a 8,90 euro più il prezzo consueto del quotidiano
The first volume of the series, “The black and white”, on newsstands on 27 March at 8, 90 euro plus the usual price of the newspaper

In a world where we are bombarded from all sides by a continuous flow of disposable images, what does photography mean today? How do you train that “seeing” that Wim Wenders talks about? How do you study photography and what distinguishes a photo from an image? It is to answer questions like this, made by an ever wider audience of enthusiasts, that the “Corriere della Sera” and the “Gazzetta dello Sport” are launching an unpublished series dedicated to Photography on newsstands. Theory, practice and technique , as stated in the title and subtitle of the twenty-five volumes that can be purchased weekly starting from 27 March, at the price of 8, 90 euros. A necklace created together with Canon Academy, one of the most established brands in the teaching of photography. These are not only volumes dedicated to theory, practice and various photographic techniques deepened thanks to Canon teachers, but to illustrated artistic books (each from 144 pages), with a large number of photographs and illustrations. Theory and training in reading the image mix, therefore, as it could not be otherwise for a discipline that combines technology and art. “Let's think about how this science, photography, which has become art, passion and profession, in less than two hundred years since its birth has been able to tell, influence our world and accompany our daily actions”, underlines Matteo La Torre of Canon Academy Italia in introduction to the first volume. «We cannot ignore telling and sharing an emotion and experience with a photo on a social media, just as we cannot fail to accompany our working document with photographs that describe our project or create an emotional bridge towards our interlocutor . Photography is not only a fundamental tool to communicate and share emotions and memories, but also a language that companies and institutions rely on to promote their content ».

The first volume is dedicated to black and white. Thus we start from the origins of photography itself. “Does it make sense nowadays to deal with black and white photography?” Asks La Torre. «If a daring comparison were to be risked one could say that black and white photography is on the radio just like color photography is on television. As the radio requires an active participation by the listener who must use the imagination to recreate in his mind the images that are suggested by the words. In front of a black and white photo, the viewer cannot really remain passive. In a world where images are devoured at ever faster rates and with an increasingly lower and less critical level of attention, black and white imposes different rhythms “.

The following week will be the turn of the portrait. “What makes portrait photography peculiar – reads the introduction to the second volume – is not so much the technical aspects but rather its inseparable connection with the human factor, as a function of which you are obliged to to design the whole creative process that leads to the realization of the final image “.

And so on, week by week, each volume will deal with genres, themes and styles with their respective experts. Moving on, just to name a few, from landscape to color, from street photography to photo reportage. And, again, the photography of babies and architecture will be addressed. Up to the photographic storytelling , in the last volume of the series, the 11 September. As Matteo La Torre concludes, the challenge “is to offer the tools and suggest the most effective ways to ensure that a photograph, from a simple mechanical reproduction of what was in front of the lens at the time of shooting, can be transformed into an authorial image “.

The series at a glance: costs and expenses

It's called Photography. Theory, practice and technique the series of unpublished volumes dedicated to the photographer and created by “Corriere della Sera” and “Gazzetta dello Sport” together with Canon Academy. The first volume, dedicated to black and white, is on newsstands on 27 March at € 8 , 90 euro, like the following ones. The entire necklace is composed of 25 volumes. They are not just books where photographic techniques are studied in depth, with the guidance of Canon teachers. but illustrated artistic volumes, from 144 pages each. So as to combine the aspects of theory and technique with a photographic vision training. In this way, it is possible to build a grammar of visual language with theoretical principles, practical lessons and expert opinions. From week to week, each volume will present a specific area and photographic technique. It starts with black and white . The following week will be the turn of the portrait, between lights, looks and a bit of psychology, to create the empathy necessary for the photographer to better grasp the person in front of him. The necklace has various strands. Some volumes focus on professional photography applications, such as the one dedicated to journalistic photo-reporting or the one on Food Photography , where you will learn more about how professionals shoot to best present a dish. Or like the volumes on the wedding photo, on that of infants, on still life , on architecture or on sport. Other volumes focus on techniques and languages, such as those on color, composition, movement or on the management of light. There is no lack of insights into landscape, nature photos and special techniques such as astronomical photography. (d. fed.)

26 March 2020 (edit on 26 March 2020 | 19: 32)