Jim Wilkes, or “Newsboy,” as he is called at the Toronto Star, said farewell to his colleagues on January 13 after more than 36 years as a photographer and reporter for the publication.
Understanding that the answer was likely not “one,” the class waited in silence.“Ten,” he said. “One to take the picture, and nine to say that they could have done that.”
This was the first lesson, and likely one of the most memorable that I have learned about the art of photography. With point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs and even smartphones with applications that artfully render photos in seconds (hello, iPhone Instagram users), it’s easy to assume that amateurs can recreate the work of experienced photographers. The breadth of skill of these photographers is often underappreciated.