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

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

- Diane Arbus
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

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

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

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

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

- Mailer, Norman
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there -- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.

- Doisneau, Robert
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

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

- Ernst Haas
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

- Lange, Dorothea
Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.

- Stevens, Wallace
It is not merely the likeness which is precious... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think -- and it is not at all monstrous in me to say that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.

- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

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