“Buy good shoes” and other advice for aspiring photographers


Advice for Aspiring Photographers

Many of you will be familiar with Magnum Photos – a legendary photography co-operative owned by its members, and in co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson’s words, built on a shared ” curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually”.

Over the last few years, Magnum have shared several blog posts asking its members a simple question – What advice would you give to young and aspiring photographers? And while Magnum photographers tend to be of a certain ilk – photojournalists and documentary photographers, rather than say conceptual or wildlife photographers – with past and current members such as Bruce Davidson, Robert Capa, Ansel Adams and Cristina Garcia Rodero, their advice is worth listening too, whatever your specialisation.

Here we share 12 of our favourites – enjoy their wisdom!


“Don’t become a photographer unless it’s what you have to do. It can’t be the easy option. If you become a photographer you will do a lot of walking, so buy good shoes”.