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I try to look at 500 photos in Flickr every day in an attempt to discover what makes a good photograph and why.  I spend about a half-hour doing it and sometimes post the one photo I find that I think is good.  This 30-minute exercise isn’t working out, as lately all I see are copies.  Copies of either style or subject matter, and the post processing methods currently “in.”

Then I sarted looking at famous phtographers and their work.  Recently, I posted the world’s most expensive photo, which at one time sold for over $3.3 million.  By that standard it is a great picture.  But I don’t like it, and neither does anyone else I know.  Now I am trying something new to help me understand what makes a good photograph.  I am going to try and copy a few “great” photographs and see if there is any real difference between the real deal and a blatant copy.

My first blatant copy is “The Fork” by André Kertész, a “Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and by his efforts in establishing and developing the photo essay.”  You decide which is better.  Not if either one is good, just which you think would be praised by art critics, and which would be derided as a blatant copy.  Let me know, and no fair cheating. 

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