ragman

Mill Isle, Ireland

From Mill Isle, Ireland tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and shade. ...

50 Quotes from famous photographers as selected by ragman

50 Quotes from famous photographers as selected by ragman

1
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams

2
It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
Alfred Eisenstaedt

3
Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d’etre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d’etre, which lives on in itself.
Andre Kertesz

4
I don’t get wrapped up in technique and the like.
Fay Godwin

5
There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph
Robert Frank

6
A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?
Ernst Haas

7
Everywhere I look and most of the time I look, I see photographs.
Bert Hardy

8
I think everything can be painted because painting can change reality; but everything cannot be photographed and the photographer often comes home empty-handed, with images which (often) have a documentary interest, but which rarely go further than that. One has to be completely available, very tenacious and admit that many subjects won’t give any results… and a miracle sometimes happens, without warning.
Martine Franck

9
There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that’s impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants.
Arnold Newman

10
When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!
Ted Grant

11
While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
Dorothea Lange

12
I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.
William Albert Allard

13
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

14
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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

15
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.
Lewis Hine

16
Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing, light is everything.
Leonard Missone

17
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
Robert Capa

18
Photography helps people to see.
Berenice Abbott

19
Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.
Minor White

20
The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
Robert Doisneau

25
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

26
A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.
Bill Brandt

27
When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.
Wynn Bullock

28
I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important.
Jacques-Henri Lartigue

29
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
Man Ray

30
Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Yousuf Karsh

31
Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.
Eliot Porter

32
I like form and shape and strength in pictures.
Herb Ritts

33
The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
Paul Strand

34
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
Alfred Stieglitz

35
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
August Sander

36
I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.
Imogen Cunningham

37
Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters. I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.
Harry Callahan

38
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Dorothea Lange

39
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper… the photographer begins with the finished product.
Edward Steichen

40
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it.
Dorothea Lange

41
The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.
Anne Geddes

42
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 penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term – selectivity.
Berenice Abbott

43
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.
Elliot Erwitt

44
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

45
Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts
Walker Evans

46
Pictures you have taken have an influence on those that you are going to make. That’s life!
John Sexton

47
One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.
Paul Outerbridge

48
The photographer Ruth Bernhard used to tell me that this is like asking somebody how they evolved their signature. It is not something I’ve ever worked on consciously. I think style is just the end result of personal experience. It would be problematic for me to photograph in another style. I’m drawn to places and subject matter that have personal connections for me and I photograph in a way that seems right. Where does it all come from, who knows?
Michael Kenna

49
A photograph is usually looked at but seldom looked into.
Ansel Adams

50
Buying a Nikon or a Canon doesn’t make you a photographer, it just makes you a camera owner.
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