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Have you ever seen a TED Talk? They’re pretty great, right? If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, they’re basically 18-minute mini lectures on various topics given by an array of speakers – from celebrities to entrepreneurs. I’ve listened to several TED Talks over the years, and I’ve found them to be both informative and inspirational. 

Here’s a list of four TED Talks everyone in the photography industry must see:

  1. “The beauty of human skin in every color” by Angélica Dass
    TED description: Angélica Dass’s photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.
  1. “Photos that changed the world” by Jonathan Klein
    TED description: Photographs do more than document history — they make it. At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can’t look away — or back.
  1. “Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you?” by Erin Sullivan
    TED description: When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional with her lens enhanced her ability to enjoy the moment — and could help you do the same, too.
  1. “From stigma to supermodel” by Rick Guidotti
    TED description: Rick Guidotti is a fashion photographer with a passion project: finding and sharing the beauty of kids with albinism and other conditions that affect their physical appearance — and the way society treats them. At TEDxPhoenix, he shares some of their stories and the empowering effects of a little glamour as he redefines their beauty in a flash.

It’s enlightening to hear the perspectives of varied experts in the field. Save this list and watch them when you have time. They’re only eighteen minutes long each. I promise you won’t be disappointed.