On Photography


  • “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~ Ansel Adams
  • “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” ~ Matt Hardy
  • “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” ~ Imogen Cunningham
  • “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” ~ William Albert Allard
  • “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  ~ Aaron Siskind
  • “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” ~Dorothea Lange
  • “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” ~ Elliott Erwitt
  • “It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”  ~ Paul Strand
  • “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.” ~ Edward Steichen
  • “Photography is truth.” ~ Jean-Luc Godard
  • “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” ~ Ernst Haas
  • “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.”  ~Ansel Adams
  • “The photograph itself doesn’t interest me.  I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”  ~Henri Cartier Bresson
  • “Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the seeking of truth in relation to yourself. ” ~ Leonard Freed
  • “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “The purpose of all art is to cause a deep and emotion, also one that is entertaining or pleasing. Out of the depth and entertainment comes value.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “What uses having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?”  ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “My pictures are complex and so am I. When I am almost symbolistic in writing, there is a more limiting difference’s of accepting, while I can be even more complex in the photographs and people can usually accept them within the framework of their own limitations or lack of limitations – there is no dictionary meaning… they can look up for the photographic image and allow it to confuse them.”  ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.”  ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “I can’t stand these damm shows on museum walls with neat little frames, where you look at the images as if they were pieces of art. I want them to be pieces of life!” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “To become neighbors and friends instead of journalists.  This is the way to make your finest photographs.”  ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “The world just does not fit conventiently into the format of a 35mm camera.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “I am an idealist. I often feel I would like to be an artist in an ivory tower. Yet it is imperative that I speak to people, so I must desert that ivory tower. To do this, I am a journalist—a photojournalist. But I am always torn between the attitude of the journalist, who is a recorder of facts, and the artist, who is often necessarily at odds with the facts. My principle concern is for honesty, above all honesty with myself.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “My photographs at best hold only a small length, but through them I would suggest and criticize and illuminate and try to give compassionate understanding.” ~ W. Eugene Smith
  • “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ~ Diane Arbus
  • “Photographers love houses that are falling down, but they never know who lived there.  Young photographers go across America to take pictures of the same filling station in Peoria, but they never see what’s close to them. It’s easy to see the exotic. But to see your own environment, it never even occurs to them…. I had to write about all the things you couldn’t see.  The artist has to make a leap of faith to insight, otherwise it’s just description.”” ~ Duane Michals.  “‘Art should be vulnerable, says Mr. Michals, who believes that images should be about what something feels like as well as what it looks like.'”
  • “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” ~ Brigitte Bardot

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