The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is an act of total attention.
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.
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.
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.
The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.
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.
Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
The words that come direct from the people are the greatest.If you substitute one out of your own vocabulary, it disappears before your eyes.
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.
I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.
No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually ... I know what we could make of it if people only thought we could dare look at ourselves.
A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.
Life, for people, begins to crumble on the edges; they don't realize it.
I many times encountered courage, real courage. Undeniable courage. I've heard it said that that was the highest quality of the human animal. I encountered that many times, in unexpected places. And I have learned to recognize it when I see it.
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.
We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don't know is how to photograph affluence - whose other face is poverty.
You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
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.
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.
go in over your head, not just up to your neck.
The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.
Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.
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