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Edward Weston Quotes and Sayings

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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

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph,
is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
- Edward Weston

I see no reason for recording the obvious.
- Edward Weston

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search,
for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.
- Edward Weston

 

Anything that excites me for any reason,
I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter,
but making the commonplace unusual.
- Edward Weston

Now to consult the rules of composition before making
a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.
Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact;
they are the products of reflection.
- Edward Weston

There is nothing like a Bach fugue to remove me from a discordant moment...
only Bach hold up fresh and strong after repeated playing.
I can always return to Bach when the other records weary me.
- Edward Weston

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Photography suits the temper of this age -
of active bodies and minds.
It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas,
imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed
down by painting or sculpting,
for one who sees quickly and acts decisively,
accurately.
- Edward Weston

I was extravagant in the matter of cameras -
anything photographic -
I had to have the best.
But that was to further my work.
In most things I have gone along with the plainest -
or without.
- Edward Weston

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 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

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

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

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

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

I became involved in photography when I was about thirteen years old.
- Leonard Nimoy

Photography does not create eternity,
as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
- Andre Bazin

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

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

I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself.
- Kim Weston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer photography won't be photography as we know it.
I think photography will always be chemical.
- Annie Leibovitz

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

Photography is an immediate reaction,
drawing is a meditation.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing,
and which is true.
- Jacques-Henri Lartigue

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

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

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

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

Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
- Conrad Hall

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

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

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

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

But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about
what it was that was going on.
It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with
cameras and photography for about 20 years.
- David Hockney

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

I just love the world of photography.
- Brooke Burke

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

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

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

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

I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography.
- Bill Wyman


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