Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time.
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.
As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.
Essentially what photography is is life lit up.
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.
I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.
The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks.
Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.
At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
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.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
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