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Gordon Parks Quotes and Sayings

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

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

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

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

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

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels
it so intently he must sing it out.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

The insidiousness of science lies in its claim to be not a subject,
but a method.
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould

This synchronous action then will be the Subject,
which is the representative harmony.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

Conducting!
A subject, truly, concerning which much might be written,
yet scarcely anything of real importance is to be found in books.
- Anton Seidl

Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject
not for polemical reasons,
but because it contains vivid characters in highly
charged dramatic situations.
- Carlisle Floyd

Less than fifteen per cent of the people do any original thinking on any subject.
The greatest torture in the world for most people is to think.
- Luther Burbank

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

People love pretty much the same things best.
A writer looking for subject inquires not after what he loves best,
but after what he alone loves at all.
- Annie Dillard

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

What I end up shooting is the situation.
I shoot the composition and my subject is going to
help the composition or not.
- Annie Leibovitz

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

Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians!
I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox.
- Anna Howard Shaw

The possibilities in sci-fi are wonderful.
The subject is bigger than everything we know.
- Joel Gretsch

The painter's obsession with his subject is all that
he needs to drive him to work.
- Lucian Freud

Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera
will all but take you by the hand.
- Margaret Bourke-White

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

I start with the subject matter I want to write about.
Then I make a musical base for that and create an atmosphere with the music.
Once I've done that, the lyrics come last.
- Midge Ure

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject,
rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
- Salvador Dali

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

I do not wish to hide my origins, nor do I seek to
make it a subject of conversation.
I am what I am.
- Ryan Giggs

It is inconceivable to me that a million or three million
or half a million human beings will think and feel
precisely the same way on any single subject.
- Chaim Potok

Death seems to provide the minds of the Anglo-Saxon
race with a greater fund of amusement than any other single subject.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I find myself a fascinating subject.
- Juliana Hatfield

When I have clarified and exhausted a subject,
then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than
ideas about subject matter.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I'm not easily inhibited by the fact that I don't know
something about a subject.
It doesn't stop me from dabbling in it.
- Joshua Lederberg

The fact is that even art is subject to fashion.
- Hugo Pratt

Painting...
in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable,
transcends technique, transcends subject and moves
into the realm of the inevitable.
- Lee Krasner

Art is a subject that is inundated with opinions.
In fact, that's all it is about is opinions.
- Chick Corea

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

No real blood flows in the veins of the knowing subject constructed by Locke,
Hume, and Kant, but rather the diluted extract of reason
as a mere activity of thought.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
- Wallace Stegner

As somebody who's been writing about this subject for
getting on twenty years now,
it's astonishing how the climate has changed in the last five years.
- Anthony Holden

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.
- Will Durant

Every book is a new journey.
I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.
- David McCullough

The apostle enters upon his subject thus -
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers;
for there is no power but of God: the powers that be,
are ordained of God.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Before you try to convince anyone else,
be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself,
drop the subject.
- John Henry Patterson

But primitive man had enemies real as well as imaginary,
and they were not subject to priestly sorceries.
- Paul Harris

There was never in my mind a desire to give in on the
subject of freeing the political prisoners.
- Robert Bourassa


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