Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is an act of total attention,
Life, for people, begins to crumble on the edges; they don't realize it.
You know there are moments such as these when time stands still and all you do is hold your breath and hope it will wait for you.
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.
To know ahead of time what you're looking for means you're then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.
The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.
The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else's requirement but your own.
Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon... We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is. The artist is a professional see-er.
We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don't know is how to photograph affluence - whose other face is poverty.
Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.
I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.
The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things could be.
Photography is a lot like telling a large predatory cat what to do-while an audience of people you can't see watches you.
This benefit of seeing...can come only if you pause a while, extricate yourself from the maddening mob of quick impressions ceaselessly battering our lives, and look thoughtfully at a quiet image...the viewer must be willing to pause, to look again, to meditate.
Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.
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.
Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.
A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.
... it came to me that what I had to do was to take pictures and concentrate upon people, only people, all kinds of people, people who paid me and people who didn't.
I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.
I've never not been sure that I was a photographer any more than you would not be sure you were yourself. I was a photographer, or wanting to be a photographer, or beginning - but some phase of photographer I've always been.
It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.
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