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W. Eugene Smith Quote of the Day

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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

I've never made any picture, good or bad,
without paying for it in emotional turmoil.
- W. Eugene Smith

The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.
- 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

 

Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.
- W. Eugene Smith

Photography takes an instant out of time,
altering life by holding it still.
- Dorothea Lange

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
- Edward Steichen


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To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition,
in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more
control over my own medium than I did over photography.
- Ben Shahn

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

When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons
when you can see the weather coming and going,
which lends itself to photography.
- Graeme Le Saux

Photography to the amateur is recreation,
to the professional it is work, and hard work too,
no matter how pleasurable it my be.
- Edward Weston

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured
moment with other people.
- James Wilson

I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot
be used in heaven and in hell.
- Edvard Munch

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these
images and now provides us with a permanent record
of each observed spectrum,
which can be measured out at any time.
- Pieter Zeeman

Photography must be integrated with the story.
- James Wong Howe

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
- Arnold Newman

My use of the medium - photography -
is in some ways traditional.
- Andres Serrano

Videos are more like photography.
It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.
- Tatyana Ali

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances,
but nothing is what it appears to be.
- Duane Michals

A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things,
but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.
- Syd Barrett

What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm
to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you.
That's what photography does for me.
- Graeme Le Saux

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery,
such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
- Galen Rowell

Look at lots of exhibitions and books,
and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things.
Photography is about images.
- Fay Godwin

Photography is about light and what it does and how
it is captured on a piece of negative.
- Matthew Modine

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated
to the medium of photography.
- John Sexton

Photography helps people to see.
- Berenice Abbott

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else.
I can see that.
- Steven Soderbergh

I threw myself into this artform because photography
had given me a new sense of mission and identity.
- Bob Anderson

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art.
- Ansel Adams

Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to
serve the desire humans have for a moment -
this very moment -
to stay.
- Sam Abell

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

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought.
I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped
my dad print his negatives.
- Kim Weston

I took courses at USC in film editing and art direction
and photography when I was still in high school.
- Ray Harryhausen

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 still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.
- Bill Brandt

But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about
what it was that was going on.
It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with
cameras and photography for about 20 years.
- David Hockney

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic
sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
- Roman Jakobson

I was an artistic dilettante for a while,
in photography and collage and the visual arts.
- Thomas Wilson

I just love the world of photography.
- Brooke Burke

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
- August Sander

I love photography.
My boyfriend's got a great camera, which I bought for his birthday.
- Sarah Sutton

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
photography in Star Wars.
He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that
I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.
- John Dykstra

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment.
It's a love because that was part of my life before
I was involved in photography.
- John Sexton

The other great development has been in photography,
but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
- Sol LeWitt

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable,
but not too glamorous.
- Antonia Fraser

I've been working with photography for many years.
- Leonard Nimoy

Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle,
so then I feel I might as well take the lot.
- Nigel Dennis

Of course I realize that photography is not the technical
facility as much as it is the eye,
and this decision that one makes for the moment at
which you are going to snap,
you know.
- Ben Shahn

There is no question that photography has played a
major role in the environmental movement.
- Galen Rowell

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object,
separating it from the humanity of the person.
He added nothing to photography as a medium.
I hold his work in low regard.
- Jerzy Kosinski

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.
- Diane Arbus

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet.
It's not sympathetic the way that film is.
- Matthew Modine

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing,
photography, and writing.
- Layne Staley

Photography does not create eternity,
as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
- Andre Bazin

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment;
photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
- Tony Benn

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing,
and which is true.
- Jacques-Henri Lartigue

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most
challenging photography I've ever done.
It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.
- Galen Rowell

Photography started as a means of getting reference
material for my paintings of nature subjects.
- Nigel Dennis

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.
The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

The problem of direct colour photography has been facing
us since the turn of the last century.
- Gabriel Lippmann

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts,
and photography is in their blood.
- Herb Ritts

All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.
- Nigel Dennis

As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the
latest technology in photography -
digital photography -
to post photos on my website on a daily basis.
- Tipper Gore

I went into photography because it seemed like the
perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Your photography is a record of your living,
for anyone who really sees.
- Paul Strand

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s,
I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes.
I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
- Ann Beattie

I became interested in photography when I found my
own sketching was inadequate.
- Ben Shahn


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