“…Let your feet guide you, slowly, as if you were cured by the pleasure of looking, humming, and what you will see you will start photographing more carefully, and you will learn about composition and framing, you will do it with your camera, and your net will be filled with fish when you arrive home. Learn about focus, aperture, close-ups, saturation, shutter speed. Learn how to play with your camera and its possibilities. Collect poetry (yours and that of others), keep everything good you can find, even that done by others. Make a collection of good things: like a small museum in a folder.
Photograph the way you like it. Don’t believe in anything but your taste, you are life and it’s life that chooses… You are the only criterion.” [+]
A beautiful letter by Magnum photographer Sergio Larrain to his nephew, on how to become a photographer, in 1982. Read it in full on the Leicaphilia site: http://leicaphilia.com/how-to-become-a-photographer/