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Photography can only represent the present.
by Berenice Abbott

Photography can only represent the present.
Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
- Berenice Abbott

There are many teachers who could ruin you.
Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher.
You have to evolve on your own.
- Berenice Abbott

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are,
whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball.
In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott

The camera is no more an instrument of preservation,
the image is.
- Berenice Abbott

 

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium.
It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.
- Berenice Abbott

Photography helps people to see.
- Berenice Abbott

I didn't decide to be a photographer;
I just happened to fall into it.
- Berenice Abbott

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Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build,
to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon,
to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach,
it sings a song of life - not death.
- Berenice Abbott

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition,
in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
- Edward Steichen

Photography takes an instant out of time,
altering life by holding it still.
- Dorothea Lange

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself.
And that is the most complicated thing on earth.
- Edward Steichen

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object,
separating it from the humanity of the person.
He added nothing to photography as a medium.
I hold his work in low regard.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Visual ideas combined with technology combined with
personal interpretation equals photography.
Each must hold it's own; if it doesn't,
the thing collapses.
- Arnold Newman

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer -
and often the supreme disappointment.
- Ansel Adams

I took courses at USC in film editing and art direction
and photography when I was still in high school.
- Ray Harryhausen

My interest in architecture has always been sculptural.
Most of my photography is of architecture.
- Parker Stevenson

Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect
on an audience can bear the colourless photography of a printed record.
- Archibald Philip Primrose

I threw myself into this artform because photography
had given me a new sense of mission and identity.
- Bob Anderson

With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments,
and then you go on to the next thing.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Photography is a small voice, at best,
but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them,
can lure our sense of awareness.
- W. Eugene Smith

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else.
I can see that.
- Steven Soderbergh

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts,
and photography is in their blood.
- Herb Ritts

There is only you and your camera.
The limitations in your photography are in yourself,
for what we see is what we are.
- Ernst Haas

Then I moved down to the Bowery to this building where Debbie Harry lived.
It was there that I started combining some clothes
for her and continued doing the art and photography.
- Stephen Sprouse

In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking
me if I would be willing to consider coming to work for him.
I was teaching photography in Southern California at that point.
- John Sexton

Photography to the amateur is recreation,
to the professional it is work, and hard work too,
no matter how pleasurable it my be.
- Edward Weston

I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.
- Galen Rowell

Videos are more like photography.
It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.
- Tatyana Ali

I love photography.
My boyfriend's got a great camera, which I bought for his birthday.
- Sarah Sutton

Photography is truth.
The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself
and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly
what it is that I have made.
- Andy Goldsworthy

It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography -
intuitive observations of the natural world which may
have meaning to the spectators.
- Ansel Adams

When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons
when you can see the weather coming and going,
which lends itself to photography.
- Graeme Le Saux

Photography started as a means of getting reference
material for my paintings of nature subjects.
- Nigel Dennis

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment.
It's a love because that was part of my life before
I was involved in photography.
- John Sexton

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications,
offers an infinite variety of perception,
interpretation and execution.
- Ansel Adams

Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these
images and now provides us with a permanent record
of each observed spectrum,
which can be measured out at any time.
- Pieter Zeeman

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore.
The money is in photography.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated
to the medium of photography.
- John Sexton

Photography must be integrated with the story.
- James Wong Howe

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

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

I was an artistic dilettante for a while,
in photography and collage and the visual arts.
- Thomas Wilson

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought.
I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped
my dad print his negatives.
- Kim Weston

My son does a little photography, but he's not involved the way I was.
- Kim Weston

I've got a great collection of photography.
- Elton John

The problem of direct colour photography has been facing
us since the turn of the last century.
- Gabriel Lippmann

Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to
serve the desire humans have for a moment -
this very moment -
to stay.
- Sam Abell

Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.
- Bill Brandt

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
- August Sander

My use of the medium - photography -
is in some ways traditional.
- Andres Serrano

I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography.
- Bill Wyman

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
- Arnold Newman

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

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
photography in Star Wars.
He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that
I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.
- John Dykstra

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

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing,
photography, and writing.
- Layne Staley

There is no question that photography has played a
major role in the environmental movement.
- Galen Rowell

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame.
When you put four edges around some facts,
you change those facts.
- Garry Winogrand

Photography is about light and what it does and how
it is captured on a piece of negative.
- Matthew Modine

It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film,
but it's a photography collage.
- Val Kilmer

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art.
- Ansel Adams

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography.
- Alberto Korda

I just love the world of photography.
- Brooke Burke

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do -
that was one of my favorite things about it,
and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
- Diane Arbus

Photography is a very important part of my life.
- Conrad Hall

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

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it
becomes more real than reality.
- Alfred Stieglitz


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