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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    The truth is that there are universal truths, myths, stories, experiences. I have family members that come from Asia, the US, Europe, Latin America and the Orient -- the Middle East. People are pretty much people.
    +1. The visual language is innate and knows no borders.
    "The real work was thinking, just thinking." - Charles Chaplin

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurisrey View Post
    +1. The visual language is innate and knows no borders.
    True to some extent.

    I am pretty much colour blind and have friends from all continents and most denominations. From this I know that people who have grown up in different cultural contexts have altogether different sensitivities.

    This you must take into account when engaging with people from different cultures. For instance, you have to know the dos and don'ts if you socialise with African American Baptists, Ashkenazim, Irish Catholics or Thai Buddhists.

    I also think it applies to all forms of communication, including visual.
    Last edited by Jaf-Photo; 06-07-2014 at 02:19 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Yes there is. Not only photgraphy, I would claim they also print differently.
    As far as I am concerned.
    I feel the Americans are more harmonious and the Europeans more political and harsch in their photos. Not necessarily the motiv but the way it looks.

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    there are as many differences in how photography or art is accepted as there are people viewing it.
    it is easy to draw broad stereotypes about all of one group or all of another but it is individual not group.
    topless models are on billboards &c in france ( for example ) but that would not fly in the usa, not even with "pasties"
    just like all-you-can-eat-buffets are like a virus in the states but people don't seem to be as gluttonous outside the usa ...
    when i was a kid the "7-11 super big gulp" was pretty much the largest soft drink sold, anywhere ... now it is just a "medium"

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    "...but people don't seem to be as gluttonous outside the usa ..."

    Oh really!? Come visit us in Australia to view "the other" gluttons...
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
    ~Edward Weston, 1922.

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    pasties?
    In the UK, pasties are meat-and-pastry confections much consumed in the South-Western regions ...

    "Nude with pasties" ... now there's something not even Bill Brandt in his pomp would have come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Oh really!? Come visit us in Australia to view "the other" gluttons...
    Or those 9 courses meat meals in Argentina (or maybe its only 6).
    Nice work. You have a very talented computer.

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    Some examples of cultural differences that prevail from Asia; Chinese (generally) perceive B&W images to represent the notion of the past, and more predominantly with someone/thing that has died. As such, appreciation of B&W imagery as an art form is not overly common amongst Chinese ethnics, although the world does evolve. A more general Asian mentality with respect to purchasing, for example, prints from a gallery exhibition of "good" documentary photography is "why would I want to hang a photo on the wall of someone I don't know!"

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    There is a divide according to extensive surveys done by EK. This divide is growing smaller as time passes, but it is there. It crosses a multitude of lines based on ethnic group and continent as well as religions beliefs.

    PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    There is a divide according to extensive surveys done by EK. This divide is growing smaller as time passes, but it is there. It crosses a multitude of lines based on ethnic group and continent as well as religions beliefs.

    PE
    PE, can you elaborate as to what nature this divide takes as noticed by EK?

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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