Berenice Abbott Quotes

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

Berenice Abbott

Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a pene- trating statement, which can be described in a very simple term - selectivity.

Berenice Abbott

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.

Berenice Abbott

Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring.

Berenice Abbott

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.

Berenice Abbott

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

Berenice Abbott

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