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David Alan Harvey: Photography is the World’s Only Common Language

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Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey recently gave this inspiring 18-minute talk at TEDxVerona titled “Life is Art.” He shares the story of his own journey in photography starting from when he was diagnosed with polio at 6 years old, and had only a small window as his viewfinder into the world during months of solitary confinement.

“Photography is now the world’s only common language. Mathematics can be considered an international language, but not everybody’s a mathematician. Music is international, but not everybody can perform. We can all listen to music. Photography is the only language now that the entire world can speak. We speak it all the time.”

(via TEDxVerona via American Photo)

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