The power of the visual record

Screen shot 2014-01-05 at 1.58.56 PMWe often say to students that being the “visual record keeper of your time” is both a distinct privilege and a daunting task a times. When 2013 grad Justin Tang chose John Matheson as  the subject of his “Notable Canadian” assignment last February, little did he know that his lovely portrait of the man who is credited with designing the Canadian flag, would become an iconic photo of the man upon his passing. Mr. Matheson passed away after Christmas, and Justin’s portrait justifiably was published far and wide.

Every photo well thought, well shot, is an investment in a body of work that, over time, becomes part of the fabric of our society, and part of our legacy. The ability to seize this sense of purpose and create that body of work over time, and committing to it is one of the watershed points in a young photographer’s life. As difficult as it is in this changing world sometimes, this vocation is so worth it. All the best for a productive 2014.

For a link to a story about John Matheson , click here

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/30/stephen-harper-pays-tribute-to-john-matheson-the-father-of-canadas-maple-leaf-flag/

For a link to Justin Tang’s blog, click here

http://justintang.tumblr.com/post/71566207505/i-had-the-incredible-chance-to-photograph-judge

 

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