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.
I had to get my camera to register things that were more important than how poor they were--their pride, their strength, their spirit.
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.
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.
Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
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.
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.
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.
The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.
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.
I trust my instincts. I don't distrust them. They haven't led me astray. It's when I've made up my mind to be efficient that is when I have gone wrong.
We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don't know is how to photograph affluence - whose other face is poverty.
It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.
I believe in living with the camera, and not using the camera.
A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.
Bring the viewer to your side, include him in your thought. He is not a bystander. You have the power to increase his perceptions and conceptions.
The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.
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.
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.
I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.
Artists are controlled by the life that beats in them, like the ocean beats on the shore.
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.
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