PHOTOGRAPHY QUOTES

quotations about photography

Photography quote

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

ANDRÉ BAZIN, What Is Cinema?

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My photographs don't do me justice -- they just look like me.

PHYLLIS DILLER, attributed, Put Your House on a Diet

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Photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing -- which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power.

SUSAN SONTAG, On Photography

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Mastering the technical details that make up the craft of photography is only the beginning. To make photographs that communicate your ideas or feelings, you will also have to learn the differences between human visual perception and the way photographs represent reality.

BRUCE WARREN, Photography

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Photography is a powerful medium of persuasion and propaganda. It has that ring of truth when all the time, in artful hands, it can make any statement the manipulator chooses.

MICHAEL LANGFORD, Basic Photography

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Photography knows how to authenticate its misrepresentations.

MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms

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The act of photography is like going on a hunt in which photographer and camera merge into one indivisible function. This is a hunt for new states of things, situations never seen before, for the improbable, for information.

VILEM FLUSSER, Towards a Philosophy of Photography

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Photography bears witness to the passage of time, but it cannot make statements as to the importance of things at any time, nor is it concerned with "truth and beauty" or with teasing out what underlies appearance. Rather, it voraciously records anything in view.

LIZ WELLS, Photography: A Critical Introduction

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Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos.

SUSAN SONTAG, On Photography

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Photography is fun, and digital photography is more fun!

STEVEN GREENBERG, Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Photography

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Composition in photography is almost as varied as composition in music or words -- melodic or atonal, safe or daring -- and can enhance subject, theme, and style. Every photograph you take involves you in some compositional decision, even if this is simply where to set up the camera or when to press the button.

MICHAEL LANGFORD, Basic Photography

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A picture was a motionless record of motion. An arrested representation of life. A picture was the kiss of death pretending to possess immutability.

IVAN KLIMA, Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light

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Photography suits the temper of this age -- of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

EDWARD WESTON, The Daybooks of Edward Weston

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I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.

JOHN STEINBECK, Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

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Photography was an interesting foil to the kind of veracity that painting is supposed to express.

MARSDEN HARTLEY, Adventures in the Arts

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It is confusing to come across a youthful photograph of some one known in a rounded maturity and gaze with a shock upon a fiery, wiry, eagle-eyed stranger.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, Tender Is the Night

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Several years ago, I went through a painful writer's block -- a period of silence that lasted six or seven months. I'm convinced that the only thing that really saved me, and led me back to the page, was taking a class in black and white photography. In fact, living with a camera around my neck for a year, and hunting for pictures to shoot, taught me a lot about the importance of the image and its relationship to narrative in writing, something I'd struggled with before discovering photography.

TRACY K. SMITH, interview, Gulf Coast, vol. 17, number 1

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What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

KARL LAGERFELD, attributed, Click You!

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We think of photography as the intersection of science and art.

EDWIN H. LAND, attributed, Insisting on the Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land

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A photograph acquires something of the dignity which it ordinarily lacks when it ceases to be a reproduction of reality and shows us things that no longer exist.

MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove

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