photography

Photography quotes
Photography
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

- Sontag, Susan
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

- Henri Cartier Bresson
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

- Benjamin, Walter
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

- Ansel Adams
Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the'ah-ha'.

- Ernst Haas
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.

- Bailey, David
The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs.

- Ken Rockwell
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.

- Atkinson, Brooks
The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.

- Donovan, Terence
Any one who knows what the worth of family affection is among the lower classes, and who has seen the array of little portraits stuck over a laborer's fireplace will perhaps feel with me that in counteracting the tendencies, social and industrial, which every day are sapping the healthier family affections, the sixpenny photograph is doing more for the poor than all the philanthropists in the world.

- Magazine, Macmillan
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.

- Sontag, Susan
Maybe because it's entirely an artist's eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.

- Ken Rockwell
Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.

- Porter, Eliot
The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.

- Berger, John
Photography suits the temper of this age -- of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

- Weston, Edward
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.

- Benn, Tony
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph.

- Malcolm, Janet
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

- David Bailey
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

- Diane Arbus



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