Vincent Laforet

The artist of the Week is Vincent Laforet.

About Vincent Laforet – Vincent began his photography career in 1990 at the age of 15, working with The Los Angeles Times and Reuters as a photojournalist. By the time he was 25, he had established himself as the youngest photographer on staff for The New York Times where he achieved a Pulitzer for feature photography.

Vincent is all about composition and setting up the shot. He is known for his aerial photography and his tilt-shift compositions. His use of the elements and principles of art and design are exaggeratingly evident in all of his work. His approach to image-making and storytelling shows his forward-thinking craftsmanship, both technically and artistically.

You can visit his portfolio website at

Critique the Artwork of the Day

What elements and principles are used? Composition Rules? Are there shapes and forms? What is the subject? What does it communicate and HOW? Break it down into Elements, Principles and Composition.


Line, Shape, Value, Form, Texture, Color, Space


Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm/Repetition/Pattern, Scale/Proportion, Unity/Variety, Contrast, Movement


Fill the Frame, Rule of Thirds, Triangle, Frame in a Frame, Leading Lines, Circle, Rhythm, Positive/Negative Space

Using your critique worksheet, please critique each photo below. Click on the tabs to view the photo for each critique:

Draw the shapes and lines in this composition on your critique sheet. Where does your eye go? Stop? Why?

What are your thoughts about the composition? Is this photo balanced? What contrasts do you see?

Discuss the composition? What kind of composition? What kind of emotion?