Photography quotes
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

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

- Ken Rockwell
If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph.

- Malcolm, Janet
Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.

- Nickolas Muray
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
The camera has an interest in turning history into spectacle, but none in reversing the process. At best, the picture leaves a vague blur in the observer's mind; strong enough to send him into battle perhaps, but not to have him understand why he is going.

- Donoghue, Denis
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
If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.

- Baudelaire, Charles
Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the'ah-ha'.

- Ernst Haas
It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.

- Sontag, Susan
No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.

- Ruskin, John
The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.

- Ernst Haas
At least the box is full of something useful. [On his photo gracing a box of Raisin Bran]

- Brooks, Avery
The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.

- Bogarde, Dirk
The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.

- Shaw, George Bernard
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.

- Mailer, Norman
If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life. I mean people are going to say, You're crazy. Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid.

- Arbus, Diane
NOVEL, n. A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the panorama. Unity, totality of effect, is impossible; for besides the few pages last read all that is carried in mind is the mere plot of what has gone before. To the romance the novel is what photography is to painting. Its distinguishing principle, probability, corresponds to the literal actuality of the photograph and puts it distinctly into the category of reporting; whereas the free wing of the romancer enables him to mount to such altitudes of imagination as he may be fitted to attain; and the first three essentials of the literary art are imagination, imagination and imagination. The art of writing novels, such as it was, is long dead everywhere except in Russia, where it is new. Peace to its ashes -- some of which have a large sale.

- Ambrose Bierce

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