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The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer. ...
by Gordon Parks

The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.
- Gordon Parks

I've been with Life now for seventeen years and I have
written several articles for them and will be doing
more writing and do at least two assignments a year besides my writing.
- Gordon Parks

But I do feel a little teeny right now that I'm just about ready to start,
and winter is entering.
Half past autumn has arrived.
- Gordon Parks

The man at Kodak told me the shots were very good and if I kept it up,
they would give me an exhibition.
Later, Kodak gave me my first exhibition.
- Gordon Parks

 

I suffered evils, but without allowing them to rob
me of the freedom to expand.
- Gordon Parks

There's another horizon out there, one more horizon
that you have to make for yourself and let other people discover it,
and someone else will take it further on,
you know.
- Gordon Parks

At first I wasn't sure that I had the talent,
but I did know I had a fear of failure,
and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it.
- Gordon Parks

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Washington, D.C.
in 1942 was not the easiest place in the world for a Negro to get along.
- Gordon Parks

And now, I feel at 85, I really feel that I'm just ready to start.
- Gordon Parks

So I went to Chicago in 1940, I think,
'41, and the photographs that I made there,
aside from fashion, were things that I was trying to
express in a social conscious way.
- Gordon Parks

I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense,
of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done.
- Gordon Parks

I bought my first camera in Seattle,
Washington.
Only paid about seven dollars and fifty cents for it.
- Gordon Parks

You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery.
- Gordon Parks

And I think that after nearly 85 years upon this planet
that I have a right after working so hard at showing
the desolation and the poverty,
to show something beautiful for somebody as well.
- Gordon Parks

I was there less than a year before I was assigned to the Paris bureau.
I spent two years there and, in fact,
before I even went on the staff I was sent to Europe
to do assignments which they wouldn't normally do for
a young photographer just starting out.
- Gordon Parks

I'd become sort of involved in things that were happening to people.
No matter what color they be, whether they be Indians,
or Negroes, the poor white person or anyone who was
I thought more or less getting a bad shake.
- Gordon Parks

The photographer begins to feel big and bloated and
so big he can't walk through one of these doors because he gets a good byline;
he gets notices all over the world and so forth;
but they're really -
the important people are the people he photographs.
- Gordon Parks

But I was very disappointed that I didn't get a chance
to go overseas with that group,
might not have gotten back but I wanted very much to
go because there's not much of a record of the exploits
of the first Negro fighter group.
- Gordon Parks

People in millenniums ahead will know what we were
like in the 1930's and the thing that,
the important major things that shaped our history at that time.
This is as important for historic reasons as any other.
- Gordon Parks

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Age is not a particularly interesting subject.
Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.
- Don Marquis

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
- Peter Drucker

What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those
fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around
the real subject of life.
- Paul A. Volcker

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed
in any subject as I am in mine.
- Charles Darwin

If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation,
introduce the subject of eating.
- Leigh Hunt

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind
and won't change the subject.
- Winston Churchill

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject
to a good many different ailments,
but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

I would go to sketch groups and draw.
I really enjoyed the subject matter,
but I wasn't good at it.
- Jack Prelutsky

Love or not, I wouldn't subject a wife to the road.
It's punishment.
- Billy Strayhorn

You must consider, when reading this treatise,
that mental perception, because connected with matter,
is subject to conditions similar to those to which
physical perception is subject.
- Maimonides

With regard to my family as I said nothing upon the
subject before I may tell you that I have six children living,
1 dead and before I have the pleasure of seeing you I expect another.
- John Hawley

After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible:
Cromwell.
- Antonia Fraser

A liberty subject to law and subordinate to the common welfare.
- Bainbridge Colby

Anyone who acquires more than the usual amount of knowledge
concerning a subject is bound to leave it as his contribution
to the knowledge of the world.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self,
the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.
- James M. Baldwin

Being a mother is hard and it wasn't a subject I ever studied.
- Ruby Wax

I am at war...
with the principal personage of traditional philosophy,
that abstract subject who masquerades as everyone and anyone,
but is really a male subject in disguise.
- Pam Gems

Anytime you put a movie out it's subject to such scrutiny and such criticism.
- Halle Berry

Economics is a subject that does not greatly respect one's wishes.
- Nikita Khrushchev

It frequently happens that two persons,
reasoning right on a mechanical subject,
think alike and invent the same thing without any communication with each other.
- Oliver Evans

I find myself a fascinating subject.
- Juliana Hatfield

And that movie was underrated - Nuts -
because it deals with a terrible subject,
but It's very well done.
- Eli Wallach

That's the most difficult issue for me...
to find a subject that holds my interest long enough
that I'm prepared to go to work and spend the time
and energy to shoot the subject.
- Leonard Nimoy

The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
- Pierre Corneille

All things are subject to interpretation whichever
interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I hope they make a show like M*A*S*H,
which dealt with a lot of difficult subject matter but was very funny.
- Joan Severance

About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy,
it ceases to be a subject of interest.
- William Hazlitt

The subject of an outsider who becomes obsessed.
- Wes Anderson

My own interest developed because I thought it was
a fascinating subject and something I wanted to pursue.
- Jack Kilby

Do not get elated at any victory, for all such victory
is subject to the will of God.
- Abu Bakr

The whole essence of good drawing - and of good thinking,
perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest
form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.
- Chuck Jones

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life
that it shall yield them any of those personal goods
that are subject to the mutations of time.
- Bertrand Russell

Careers in virtually all academic disciplines are fostered
by being a superstar who knows more about one subject
than anyone else in the world.
- Philip Zimbardo

You know, a football coach is nothing more than a teacher.
You teach them the same subject, and you have a group of new guys every year.
- Darrell Royal

A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on
to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.
- Bill Brandt

I do care about style.
I do care, but I only care about style that serves the subject.
- Richard Attenborough

Sometimes it's difficult directing yourself on film
because you can't quite separate yourself from the subject.
- Stanley Tucci

The figure is still the only thing I have faith in
in terms of how much emotion it's charged with and
how much subject matter is there.
- Jim Dine

Before I came here I was confused about this subject.
Having listened to your lecture I am still confused.
But on a higher level.
- Enrico Fermi

I chose films made by people I wanted to work with,
about subject matter I thought was intriguing.
- Ed Harris

Arguments, like children, should be like the subject that begets them.
- Thomas Dekker

My career at Warner Brothers consisted of one musical short subject.
I was running around in a bear skin.
Very chic.
- Ethel Merman

The subject matter of the stories on the surface...
there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
- Kenneth Koch

A subject which at first glance seems quite removed
from the undeclared concern of the book can encapsulate that concern.
- W. G. Sebald

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to write a book, find a subject that's
really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
- Tracy Kidder

Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation
that is independent of the first and based on their linkage:
these are syntagmatic relations,
of which I have spoken.
- Ferdinand de Saussure


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