‘How Photography Saved My Life’ – TED Talk with Marvi Lacar


As our regular readers will know we have a dedicated Photography TED Talk section within TheAppWhisperer, we have had this for many years. I was inspired to create this, having interviewed an incredibly talented photographer for Vogue and learning of her TED talks. The one that we are featuring today, is with Marvi Lacar, a woman so completely honest and brave, my heart goes out to her..for so many reasons… Please watch this and be inspired…

“Marvi Lacar thought she had it all figured out – immersed in a career she was excited about, in the city of her dreams, with a devoted partner to share her passions – until her father died and she fell into a deep clinical depression. How did she crawl back out of this darkness? With the help of her husband, her dog… and her camera. Marvi Lacar is a documentary photographer and director whose goal is to connect with her audience using creative visual language. Lacar started her career as a photojournalist covering domestic and international news and features stories for print publications like Time, Newsweek, New York, Stern, Paris Match and the New York Times. Lacar has received awards for her photography from Photo Levallois, Communication Arts, American Photography, Photo District News, Santa Fe Center Project Competition among others. Escape, her documentary film about the rescue and rehabilitation of Maasai girls in Kenya escaping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, was recognised by AI-AP International Motion Arts Awards, United Nations Association Film Festival and other national and international film festivals. After her father died in 2008, Lacar was diagnosed with acute clinical depression. This Is A Love Story, her ‘visual diary’ chronicling her own battle with depression, has been exhi This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community”. 

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Photography – TED Talk – ‘The Silent Drama of Photography’ – Sebastião Salgado


It’s time for another inspirational photographic TED talk. We feature ones that we feel our readers will particularly enjoy. This week this talk is entitled “The Silent Drama of Photography” and it’s by Sebastião Salgado.

“Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world’s forgotten people and places”.  Source TED.

To take a look at some of our other personally selected Photographic TED talks, please go here.

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Inspiring Photographic TED Talk – Visualising Enduring Love


I have created a special section within TheAppWhisperer to publish inspiring photographic related TED talks to. To read the previous articles, please go here.

Very early this morning, whilst awaking in my never lonely bed, it was quiet, calm and peaceful. I looked at my partner as he slept and thought of love, what it means, what makes us build a life with someone, how we choose, what do we look for and as life progresses the trials and tribulations, what do we cling to, why do we cling to it? So many unanswered questions.  I picked up my phone and found this fabulous TED talk that goes so well within our new section here. Stacy Baker, Photo Editor of the New York Times has been obsessed with how couples meet. When she asked photographer Alec Soth to help her explore this topic, they found themselves at the world’s largest speed-dating event, held in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day, and at the largest retirement community in Nevada — with Soth taking portraits of pairs in each locale. Between these two extremes, they unwound a beautiful through-line of how a couple goes from meeting to creating a life together.

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