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Richard Avedon Quotes and Sayings

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My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
- Richard Avedon

Just advertising departments with legs and high heels.
- Richard Avedon

All photographs are accurate.
None of them is the truth.
- Richard Avedon

I think all art is about control - the encounter between
control and the uncontrollable.
- Richard Avedon

 

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me.
My concern is...
the human predicament; only what I consider the human
predicament may simply be my own.
- Richard Avedon

I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed
that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso.
- Rita Rudner

Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person
who does portraits for a living? I could fill several
volumes with nice nasty stories.
I don't know.
- Imogen Cunningham

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The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone,
because I am the person I know best.
- Frida Kahlo

A person himself believes that all the other portraits
are good likenesses except the one of himself.
- Edvard Munch

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

I would wish my portraits to be of the people,
not like them.
Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
- Lucian Freud

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

You don't change the course of history by turning the
faces of portraits to the wall.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me.
I'm a painter who paints day in day out,
from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes,
more rarely portraits.
- Gustav Klimt

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings,
did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful
portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.
- David Amram

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music,
I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.
- Billy Joel

I do house things.
I paint.
I do portraits.
I also paint my house.
- Willa Ford

I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery
of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.
- Lewis H. Lapham

When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire,
it's for money.
- Imogen Cunningham

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.
- Cleo Moore

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another.
In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things.
I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove
me to portraits in the first place.
- Chuck Close

If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture
out of the school yearbook and do portraits.
If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it.
There were no books for me to look at.
Then I would go find my father's matches to burn the paper.
- Lynn Johnston

I often concentrate on the eyes and lips,
they are great indicators of mood and feeling,
and I find that I can project character into my portraits
by bringing the viewer's attention to these areas.
- Robert Ryan

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that,
come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon;
Ireland's history in their lineaments trace;
think where man's glory most begins and ends and say
my glory was I had such friends.
- William Butler Yeats

I paint German artists whom I admire.
I paint their pictures, their work as painters,
and their portraits too.
But oddly enough, each of these portraits ends up as
a picture of a woman with blonde hair.
I myself have never been able to work out why this happens.
- Georg Baselitz

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll PHOTO
(Alice in Wonderland)

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
- Joseph Campbell

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
- Joseph P. Kennedy

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

You don't get to choose how you're going to die,
only how you're going to live.
- Joan Baez

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

Feeling overwhelmed by apparent demands on our time
is like going to a restaurant,
ordering everything on the menu,
and complaining about indigestion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't talk about what you have done
or what you are going to do.
- Thomas Jefferson

Going nowhere faster will not get you somewhere.
- Alan Cohen

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

A true friend never gets in your way
unless you happen to be going down.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

It was impossible to get a conversation going,
everybody was talking too much.
- Yogi Berra

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A good-bye is never painful unless
you're never going to say hello again.
- Anonymous

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford


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