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Engrave this Quote What the human eye observes causally and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.
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-Berenice Abbott
Engrave this Quote Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
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-Berenice Abbott
Engrave this Quote Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.
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-Berenice Abbott
Engrave this Quote Photography helps people to see.
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-Berenice Abbott
Engrave this Quote I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph.
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-Berenice Abbott
Engrave this Quote I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term-meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching-there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
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-Ansel Adams
Engrave this Quote Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
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-Ansel Adams
Engrave this Quote When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
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-Ansel Adams
Engrave this Quote In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
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-Ansel Adams
Engrave this Quote A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
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-Diane Arbus
Engrave this Quote If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life. I mean people are going to say, You're crazy. Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid.
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-Diane Arbus
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Diane Arbus
Engrave this Quote The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking - and looking.
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-Brooks Atkinson
Once Around the Sun
Engrave this Quote It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
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-David Bailey
In Face (London), December, 1984
Engrave this Quote The photographic image... is a message without a code.
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-Roland Barthes
Engrave this Quote If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.
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-Charles Baudelaire
Engrave this Quote Too many photographers try too hard. They try to lift photography into the realm of Art, because they have an inferiority complex about their Craft. You and I would see more interesting photography if they would stop worrying, and instead, apply horse-sense to the problem of recording the look and feel of their own era.
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-Jessie Tarbox Beals
Engrave this Quote The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
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-Walter Benjamin
Engrave this Quote Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
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-Tony Benn
Engrave this Quote All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.
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-John Berger
Engrave this Quote The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
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-John Berger
Engrave this Quote Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
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-John Berger
Engrave this Quote The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
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-John Berger
Engrave this Quote The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.
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-Dirk Bogarde
Engrave this Quote The most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera
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-Daniel J. Boorstin
The Image, ch. 4 (1961)

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