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    Who said the "Your first 10,000 pictures..." quote or said it first?

    After googling, I see "Your first ten thousand pictures are your worst" equally attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helmut Newton.

    Who actually said it/or said it first? If someone knows the narrative around the quote, that'd be great.

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    All I know is that my next 10,000 weren't that great either! :-O

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    And with so many photographers shooting digitally, we should revise it to your first 100,000 are your worst!

    It's funny, I actually thought that was an Ansel Adams quote.

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    I believe Ansel Adams said that you need to take 10,000 photos to get one good one. That is not an exact quote, but I have heard that or something like it from several sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    ... you need to take 10,000 photos to get one good one...
    Dang! :o I better buy more film ...

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    I seem to recall that Chuck Jones (Warner Bros. animation director) said that his father told him this about drawing. I think it predates photography.

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    I have heard two versions.

    One from Ansel that said it takes a photographer 10,000 negatives to understand photography.

    I have heard another version from Cherie Hieser that went something like, "You make 10,000 negatives, make 1,000 prints, get 100 good ones, 10 great ones and you only become famous for one."
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    In 35mm, that's only 277 rolls of film. At my current shooting rate, I should get there in two years from now, so I decided to take pre-orders on my future masterpieces. You can get a collector's print for 5,000$ now, which is chump change, only a philistine would refuse such a good investment, considering that they will acquire more value over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarey View Post
    I seem to recall that Chuck Jones (Warner Bros. animation director) said that his father told him this about drawing. I think it predates photography.

    Matt
    I was thinking about this quote recently because (a) I wanted to use it in my sig and (b) in Drawing I a few days ago, the Teaching Asst mentioned one artist who said that you can't claim to know how to draw until the stack of your drawings is shoulder high, and someone else had a quote that you can't claim to know how to draw until you can draw a man who has jumped out of a window and complete the drawing before he hits the ground.

    I like that this thread is picking up steam. Hopefully some more folks for whom photo history is "their thing" will contribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneR View Post
    And with so many photographers shooting digitally, we should revise it to your first 100,000 are your worst!

    It's funny, I actually thought that was an Ansel Adams quote.
    ...or maybe the first 10,000 to make it off the media from your camera. I can see someone shooting 100,000 images, chimping & deleting 95,000 of them and only saving 5,000 of them on other media.

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