5 TED Videos for Photography Inspiration

by . November 25th, 2014

If there is such a thing as a TED-aholic I’d gladly call myself one. Watching TED during commutes to work and home not only does help ease the long commuting time. It also keeps me entertained and inspired, not to mention sane when traffic is just bad. In this post we are going to feature 5 TED videos that photographers should watch for inspiration.

First on our list is Ryan Lobo’s Photographing the hidden story.

In the video Ryan shares his travels around the world photographing and capturing the stories of unusual human lives. In the video Ryan talks about a Liberian Warlord who is going through a path of making peace. He also talks about the grace and strength of UN women peacekeepers and finally the tenacity and selflessness of Delhi’s often taken for granted firefighters.


Next is Russian artist Uldus Bakhtiozina in Wry photos that turn stereotypes upside down

Uldus talks about how she uses photography and cheekiness in order to put the societal norms of Russia at the table and be discussed. Using aesthetics, meaningful message, artifacts and irony Uldus shows us a glimpse of life in Russia. In her talks she shares the stories behind the people whom are featured in her project.


Jonathan Klein tells us how photographs changed the world

Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shared iconic photographs and talks about how it affects a generation who sees a riveting image. Short but extremely haunting specially when Jonathan showed the image of the victims in Auschwitz.


Edward Burtynsky shares his story about his journey in following oil

From gathering to the end of oil Edward Burtynsky shows us how oil is a necessity to us and asks us what will happen to the world when oil has come to its last drop.


To cap our humble list off is David Griffin’s talk how photography connects to us.

Griffin tells us how photography is a 360 degree view. He also shares us how photography taps into the human empathy and how does it touches the audience. From the slums of Dharavi, the lush savannas of Africa to the icy waters of Antarctica. Griffin concludes his talk on how photography can be a positive agent of change to the world.