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.
I guess I've shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like.
Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.
If you choose your subject selectively - intuitively - the camera can write poetry.
It takes me a long time to change. I don't think you can just go out and figure out a bunch of visual ideas and photograph. The change happens in living and not through thinking.
To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures.
Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life.
The difference between the casual impression and the intensified image is about as great as that separating the average business letter from a poem. If you choose your subject selectively—intuitively—the camera can write poetry.
Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure.
I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people.
A picture is like a prayer; you're offering a prayer to get something, and in a sense it's like a gift of God because you have practically no control-at least I don't.
I think nearly every artist continually wants to reach the edge of nothingness - the point where you can’t go any further.
A man has to know his limitations.
I realize that we all do express ourselves, but those who express that which is always being done are those whose thinking is almost in every way in accord with everyone else. Expression on this basis has become dull to those who wish to think for themselves.
It's the subject matter that counts. I'm interested in revealing the subject in a new way to intensify it. A photo is able to capture a moment that people can't always see.
In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don't do it, you don't know what might happen.
Every time I talked about making a picture I didn't do it. I had already done it - talking about it! I quit talking.
I just don't know what makes a picture, really - the thing that makes it is something unique, as far as I can understand. Just like one guy can write a sentence and it's beautiful and another one can write it and it's dead. What the difference is, I don't know.
The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself.
I think I came alive when I started photography.
You only do exercises in art school. That's not the real thing. A little bit tells you so much. You have to find your own self. And you don't know what you are! But that's what you have to search for.
I love art because it doesn't have rules like baseball. The only rule is to be good. That's the toughest thing to do.
It's a question of methods. Everybody wants results, but nobody wants to do what they have to do to get them done.
Nothing wrong with people getting shot, as long as it's the right people getting shot.
You're a legend in your own mind.
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