Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
I don't like explosions. I don't mind progress. But digital photography has made every man, woman, child and chimpanzee a photographer of sorts and consequently has numbed down the general quality of photographs.
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.
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.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
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.
I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.
The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion.
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