Magazines like Life, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic played an important role in the development of photography. In the heyday of the medium, the art directors at major photography-rich publications were in defining roles, not only because of their decision-making capacity but also for their guidance and mentoring they provided to major names in photography. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and others flourished under the guidance of the legendary art director at Harper’s Bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch who famously said:
Look at thousands of photographs and store them in memory. Later when you see in the viewfinder something reminding you of a familiar picture, don’t click the shutter.
Food for thought!