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With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of ...
by Robert Mapplethorpe

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

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

 

My father wants me to be like my brother,
but I can't be.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need
to know is where the darkroom is.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I don't believe in dogmas and theologies.
I just believe in being a good person.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I'm not photographing anything naked these days.
I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I just try to live my life and do my thing.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I always thought I was good.
That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good.
I just don't get it.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I recorded that because it happened to me.
I wasn't making a point.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest -
then preserved.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I can't have just anybody assisting me,
I need somebody who I can really communicate with.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I went into photography because it seemed like the
perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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

I played around with the flowers and the lighting,
so that was a good way to educate myself.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party.
Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things.
They become professional observers.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I just want to be written about as a normal artist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I wish I could be elegant.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

When I have sex with someone I forget who I am.
For a minute I even forget I'm human.
It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera.
I forget I exist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I see things like they've never been seen before.
Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I've never lied.
I think I've lived a moral life.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't
live up to your obligations.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

My theory about creativity is that the more money one has,
the more creative one can be.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Just because I was out at the bars all the time didn't
mean I wasn't looking for someone to love.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I'm looking for the unexpected.
I'm looking for things I've never seen before.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Sell the public flowers...
things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

This AIDS stuff is pretty scary.
I hope I don't get it.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I am obsessed with beauty.
I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't.
And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I'm not a photojournalist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved -
you,
the other person, and the devil.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I became the toast of London.
A lot of people I met came from these really decadent
families where the married men were gay and no one
thought anything about it.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Happiness? No, it's not there for me.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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

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

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

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

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

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable.
I see in color.
- William Albert Allard

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

A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things,
but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.
- Syd Barrett

All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.
- Nigel Dennis

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching,
of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
- Aaron Siskind

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

I just love the world of photography.
- Brooke Burke

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

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

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

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

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

Look at lots of exhibitions and books,
and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things.
Photography is about images.
- Fay Godwin

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic
sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
- Roman Jakobson

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

Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair
to which mankind is forever subjected.
- Robert Frank

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

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

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

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

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

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

As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the
latest technology in photography -
digital photography -
to post photos on my website on a daily basis.
- Tipper Gore

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


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