the French ‘photogenique’

“The way I would describe a pictorial is that it is a picture that makes everybody say “Aaaaah,” with five vowels when they see it. It is something you would like to hang on the wall. The French word “photogenique” defines it better than anything in English. It is a picture, which must have quality, drama, and it must, in addition, be as good technically as you can possible make it.”

Alfred Eisenstaedt

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