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Edward Steichen Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be
done afterward is not worth consideration.
- Edward Steichen

Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.
- Edward Steichen

 

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
- Edward Steichen

Once you really commence to see things,
then you really commence to feel things.
- Edward Steichen

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

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I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots,
stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light.
But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
- Edward Steichen

A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made.
- Edward Steichen

The use of the term art medium is, to say the least,
misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium.
It is the artist in photography that gives form to
content by a distillation of ideas,
thought, experience, insight and understanding.
- Edward Steichen

When I first became interested in photography,
I thought it was the whole cheese.
My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts.
Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that.
The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.
- Edward Steichen

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face,
the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited,
and the wealth and confusion man has created.
It is a major force in explaining man to man.
- Edward Steichen

There is only one optimist.
He has been here since man has been on this earth,
and that is man himself.
If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry
us through all these things,
we wouldn't be here.
We have survived it on our optimism.
- Edward Steichen

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery,
such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
- Galen Rowell

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

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

Your photography is a record of your living,
for anyone who really sees.
- Paul Strand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable,
but not too glamorous.
- Antonia Fraser

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances,
but nothing is what it appears to be.
- Duane Michals

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most
challenging photography I've ever done.
It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.
- Galen Rowell

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

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

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

Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography,
I was still working for my parents as a salesman.
- Herb Ritts

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

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

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment;
photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
- Tony Benn

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

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

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

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

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

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s,
I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes.
I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
- Ann Beattie

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

The other great development has been in photography,
but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
- Sol LeWitt

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

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 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

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

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet.
It's not sympathetic the way that film is.
- Matthew Modine

Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle,
so then I feel I might as well take the lot.
- Nigel Dennis

What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm
to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you.
That's what photography does for me.
- Graeme Le Saux

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

Light makes photography.
Embrace light.
Admire it.
Love it.
But above all, know light.
Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
- George Eastman

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

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

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

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


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