It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less magination 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 ordinary.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer
I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.
The camera can photograph thought.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs
No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
A photograph is memory in the raw
Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks
You don't take a photograph, you make it
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help.
A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don't think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won't take an interest in it.
I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
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