Famous Photographers' Quotes
I read these today in the latest issue of the Arizona Highways. I thought I'd share them with you...
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Which of the photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham
“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.” – Robert Heinecken
“Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.” - Edward Weston
“Film is cheaper than opportunity.” - Steve Silberman
“I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can.” – John Sexton
“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” – Sam Abell
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” - Ansel Adams
“I think all art is about control, the encounter between control and uncontrollable.” – Richard Avedon
“Maybe the judgment of whether something is art or not should come from the viewer and not the doer.” – Alan Babbitt
“Hardening of the categories causes art disease.” - W. Eugene Smith
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.” – Lewis Hine
“Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing, light is everything.” – Leonard Missone
“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams
“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel
"The discovery I announce to the public is one of the small number which, by their principles, their results, and the beneficial influence which they exert upon the arts, are counted among the most useful and extraordinary inventions." Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre
"It was during these thoughts that the idea occurred to me... how charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural images to imprint themselves durably, and to remain fixed upon the paper" - William Henry Fox Talbot,
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," - Robert Capa
and of course this http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-136.html one
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) greeting the introduction of commercial plates and the subsequent demise of wet-plate collodion:
"Somebody Let the rabble in". -
Also, something to which I think we should all aspire:
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop".
Best little nuggets I've read all day!
Originally Posted by mitica100
Note to self: Turn your negatives into positives.
i love that one!!! so true ...
"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment"
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This one is my favorite.
Originally Posted by mitica100
I once read something to the effect of . . . 'Photography is not only an outlet for our own creativity, it is also an inspiration to help foster that creativity in others.' - unknown
"When your friends finally realize that you are a true artist, committed to making sensitive and meaningful images, they will ask you to photograph their wedding." - Ted Orland
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
I am at a war with the obvious - William Eggleston
You can only photograph what you feel and where you are.
--Claire Yaffa, photographer
"So I am turning over a new leaf but the page is stuck". Diane Arbus
(To a student intern) "Circle of confusion? Oh, that is the area right here around the camera."-Jason Zimmerman