Almost everyone makes photographs and knows how to communicate with them. Nevertheless, students are still being educated to become professional photographers. Over the course of history, photographers have developed their own high-quality image culture. Contemporary photography covers an enormous spectrum and branches out into all levels of society and holds an important position in the world of the visual arts.
A lot is demanded from a contemporary professional photographer. He does not only understand his profession in a technical and aesthetic sense, but has profound knowledge and an understanding of the meaning, symbolism, value and impact of the photographic image. In addition, he must possess the wide-range of artistic abilities necessary to achieve a desired effect or have it function independently. He must also claim a position in the contemporary cultural field and distinguish himself, which means he has to be able to express his personal vision verbally and in writing.