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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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28 The Play of Forms—Conscious Repetition of Pictorial Shapes

During the course of this book, you have seen that there are parallels between pictorial and musical languages. Pictures can have the same rhythm as musical pieces; images can be composed in such a way that they have a leitmotif (i. e., recurring theme) that is repeated in a modified way. Many classical musical pieces have a basic leitmotif that is repeated throughout the composition, albeit in slightly varied forms.

You have already seen that most of the time, a photo is successful when its basic pictorial structure—from the purely abstract viewpoint when it is fully separated from the subject of the image—is also interesting to look at.

The first step should be to recognize and analyze ...

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