Since the dawn of photography, there’s always been a debate about it’s true nature. Is it simply a way to record reality? Or is it a more creative tool with the ability to reveal something more? Well, the answer is both.

Check out the video below for a look at three photographers who each explore of magic and myth in their own way:

Want to learn more? Don’t forget to browse other inspiring resources on the fundamentals of photography at MOPA’s Photo 101Also, make sure to check out MOPA’s Nancy K. Dubois Library for unique resources related to photography and film.


Special thanks to the artists Julia Margaret Cameron, Jerry Ueslmann and Jim Naughten.

Additional financial support is provided by the Gould Family Foundation and the City of San Diego.