Worth a Thousand Words

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They say,” a picture is worth a thousand words”, yet, a picture needs no words to explain its meaning or what the photographer felt when capturing the moment. Since their inventions, the camera and photography have had a great significance in our society as well in our history. Both have come a long way in recording and visualizing natural phenomenon in our world. Through the power of photography, a picture can capture the essence of a single moment through a camera. With pictures, we can flash back to moments from our childhood or times of joy and sadness and have the ability to share those unforgettable moments over and over again. Photography not only captures precious moments of life, but it is also considered a medium of supreme witness in recording the world and its events. Photographers record nature, wars, injustices, poverty, human misery, and human joy. Through these photographs, people have been revealed of unknown or unspoken situations throughout the world, which has helped society, think and look at the things in a different manner. The purpose of the paper is to inform about photography, as well make a comparison and highlight contrasts between Mary Ellen Mark and Mathew Brady as globally gifted photographers. "Photography" is derived from the Greek words photos ("light") and graphein ("to draw"). The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material (Bellis). Similar to drawing, photography can be either an art form or a practical tool. This particular medium is broadly used around the world, from journalism, science even in business fields like advertising, public relations and other indu... ... middle of paper ... .../magazines/life/905W-000-052.html>. Masoner, Liz. "Brief History of Photography." About Photography - Photography Lessons, Forums, Photo Tips, Reviews and More. Web. 04 Mar. 2011. . Morgan, Keya. "Mathew Brady." Mathew Brady. Web. 04 Mar. 2011. . Photography. "History of Cameras and Photography | History | Photography.com." Photography.com: Beginner Photography, Types of Photography, Digital Camera Basics & More. Web. 04 Mar. 2011. . Wikipedia. "Mary Ellen Mark." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 04 Mar. 2011. . Wikipedia. "Mathew Brady." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 04 Mar. 2011.
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