Photography quotes
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
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.

- Berger, 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
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 painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

- Sontag, Susan
They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.

- Tallulah Bankhead
I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.

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

- Ken Rockwell
Too many photographers try too hard. They try to lift photography into the realm of Art, because they have an inferiority complex about their Craft. You and I would see more interesting photography if they would stop worrying, and instead, apply horse-sense to the problem of recording the look and feel of their own era.

- Beals, Jessie Tarbox
The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.

- Bogarde, Dirk
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 most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera -- and himself.

- Boorstin, Daniel J.
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
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

- Benjamin, Walter
The photographic image... is a message without a code.

- Barthes, Roland
If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph.

- Malcolm, Janet
Blessed be the inventor of photography! I set him above even the inventor of chloroform! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has cast up in my time or is like to -- this art by which even the poor can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones. And mustn't it be acting favorably on the morality of the country?

- Carlyle, Jane Welsh
No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.

- Ruskin, John
We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. This need not have been so. We could easily imagine people who did not have this relation to such pictures. Who, for example, would be repelled by photographs, because a face without color and even perhaps a face in reduced proportions struck them as inhuman.

- Wittgenstein, Ludwig

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