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Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited. ...
by Ben Shahn

Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited.
- Ben Shahn

An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside
jobs which enable him to paint.
A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.
- Ben Shahn

I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more
control over my own medium than I did over photography.
- Ben Shahn

In the South or in the mine country,
wherever you point the camera there is a picture.
- Ben Shahn

 

I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've
had with my work and it's impossible to say,
you know.
- Ben Shahn

Of course I realize that photography is not the technical
facility as much as it is the eye,
and this decision that one makes for the moment at
which you are going to snap,
you know.
- Ben Shahn

The time when I had desire to go to the United States I didn't have a penny.
It was in the middle of the depression,
you know.
I couldn't get as far as Hoboken at that time.
- Ben Shahn

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I still love to look at photographs but I couldn't do it myself anymore.
- Ben Shahn

Roy was just another bureaucrat to me,
but I realized very soon that without Roy this thing would have died.
- Ben Shahn

I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all,
I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills.
I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals,
propaganda in general, you know.
- Ben Shahn

In '38, this time I did a job for Mr. Stryker.
I went on his payroll at about half the salary I was getting before,
to cover what he called Harvest in Ohio.
- Ben Shahn

I became interested in photography when I found my
own sketching was inadequate.
- Ben Shahn

I didn't care where my works were published.
- Ben Shahn

Whatever I get involved in, I'm totally involved,
you see.
- Ben Shahn

It's pretty hard to measure influence of written or visual material.
- Ben Shahn

Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along,
and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people.
I couldn't get interested in it.
And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture.
- Ben Shahn

I was so impressed with the work we were doing and
I was very involved ideologically in photography -
that I arranged an exhibition at the College Art Association.
The first exhibition I picked the photographs and so
on and we had an exhibition in New York.
- Ben Shahn

I felt very strongly the whole social impact of that depression,
you know, and I felt very strongly about the efforts
that this Resettlement Administration was trying to accomplish;
resettling people,
helping them, and so on.
- Ben Shahn

When a man returned from the field and we'd look at the work,
we'd criticize each other very genuinely and never offensively.
And we would avoid all tricks, angle shots were just horrible to us.
- Ben Shahn

Now, when I came on to Washington to begin my job,
I was so interested in photography at that time that
I really would have preferred to work with Stryker than with my department,
which was more artistic if you wish.
- Ben Shahn

So, I was offered this job to come down there but first
it was suggested that I take a trip around the country
in the areas in which we worked to see what it's all about,
and I tell you that was a revelation to me.
- Ben Shahn

I did take my camera along, as I felt there wouldn't
be enough time to draw the things I wanted to do.
I did some drawing and did a lot of photography but
I was not part of Stryker's outfit at all.
- Ben Shahn

I was primarily interested in people,
and people in action, so that I did nothing photographically
in the sense of doing buildings for their own sake
or a still life or anything like that.
- Ben Shahn

It's a little bit like my inability to read a guide
book before I go anywhere.
I can read it after I've been there and by the same
logic I refuse to accept any technical stunts from anybody.
I refused to learn more than I knew and I confess I missed a great deal.
- Ben Shahn

I confess that Roy was a little bit dictatorial in
his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures,
which he stopped doing later.
He used to punch a hole through a negative.
Some of them were incredibly valuable.
He didn't understand at the time.
- Ben Shahn

When you talk about war on poverty it doesn't mean very much;
but if you can show to some degree this sort of thing
then you can show a great deal more of how people are
living and a very great percentage of our people today.
- Ben Shahn

I remember traveling around in Arkansas with Senator Robinson,
and I told him what this little trick was.
He felt very much part of it and had me take pictures
of people unbeknownst to them.
- Ben Shahn

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
- Anonymous

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

Yesterday is ashes.
Tomorrow is green wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
- Eskimo Proverb

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is now.
There was never a time when your life was not now,
nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

If you want to do it,
Do It - TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stay in the moment and all gifts are added
as you breathe and take inspired action.
- Joe Vitale

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
- Napoleon Hill

I live in the moment, and I live joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Paradox Of Living In The Moment is -
How To Be Happy Today AND Prepare For Tomorrow
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do it Now!
- Napoleon Hill

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What you plant now, you will harvest later.
- Og Mandino

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Take Action - Now.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

We may have all come on different ships,
but we're in the same boat now.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

The past is no more and the future is not yet.
The only right person is one who lives moment to moment,
whose arrow is directed to the moment,
who is always here and now; wherever he is,
his whole consciousness, his whole being,
is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now.
- Osho

If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait and
for what other time shall we look?
- Abdul-Baha

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau


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