Agee, James Rufus
Allard, William Albert
Andersen, Thomas Folke
Anderson, Margaret C.
Asif, Usman B.
Auden, Wystan Hugh
A man can watch half an hour of television and think that he's seen a civil war in Africa, the disappearing rain forests in the Amazon and genocide in Bosnia. In truth, he hasn't seen a thing. In truth, he was seated in his armchair and saw images that were presented, accelerated, slowed down and mediated by someone else. You can't learn anything passively. (...) What about still images? Can't they be just as manipulative? No, because they work at a subjective rhythm. You react to a photograph according to your own tempo. A photograph permits a first viewing, and then an individual reflection. It solicits participation, and encourages individuality in interpretation. Television is an autarchy, a dictatorship.
interview with Benetton pr-manager Oliviero Toscani; Newsweek, June 13, 1994
The longer I've been photographing, the more I want to simplify my tools and materials. That way, I can better concentrate on the images I'm trying to make.
Catherine Jo Morgan
Every image I make has this underlying comment: "Here is something that interests me; something I want to show and share with you."
Catherine Jo Morgan
The image of how power shows itself to the public is important... CNN was an inspiration to do the project in color because power confirms itself through television... I thought it would be interesting to copy the same language (color, TV format). The large color pictures are framed in heavy wooden frames with golden plates and hung slightly higher than normal. So viewers get a sore neck watching these events, this is also the case when looking at paintings of saints in cathedrals.
Carl De Keyzer
I've come to realize that I'm a image maker, not an object maker. Images come to me as photographs because I don't have any other way of express them. I have to translate everything into still or moving pictures. I've learned that reality is not important to me. In the end it is the representation of reality that I'm striving to capture.
"Black & White Magazine for Collector of Fine Photography", February 2001, page: 118
Our eyes are shooting millions of frames a day. We know we're selective because we can recall only a few images the next day, and even less thereafter.
I am constructing images, they just don't pop up on my film.
Carl Robert Pope, Jr.
I want to be known for the images I make rather then the words I write, otherwise I'd be a writer not a photographer.
When asked to submit a quote regarding photography to be a part of an exposition of his work
Knowing a great deal about what is in the world (art, catastrophe, the beauties of nature) through photographic images, people are frequently disappointed, surprised, unmoved when the see the real thing. For photographic images tend to subtract feeling from something we experience at first hand and the feelings they do arouse are, largely, not those we have in real life. Often something disturbs us more in photographed form than it does when we actually experience it.
, On Photography by Susan Sontag , ISBN: 0385267061 , Page: 168
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Every part of the photographic image carries some information that contributes to its total statement; the viewer’s responsibility is to see, in the most literal way, everything that is there and respond to it. To put it another way, the statement the image makes – not just what it show you, but the mood, moral evaluation and casual connections it suggest – is built up from those details. A proper ‘reading’ of a photograph sees and responds to them consciously.
Howard S. Becker
Afterimage, May-June 1975 [cited in: Creative Camera October 1975, p. 329]
I find the still image more powerful than the moving picture, because it leaves me alone for a moment with my thoughts.
A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.
Such is the power of the image: It heals only those who know what it is. For everybody else, it is an illness.
quoted in Phaidon's 55 series on Joel-Peter Witkin
The first time I added the art nude to my landscape photography it was as if I had added a soul, they took on a life and became much more than the sum of each. I was looking over the images after a photo shoot, I could hardly believe my own eyes and the beauty I had captured.
I am visible, I am image.
Although I love reminiscing through old photos, no man-made invention will ever be as clear, or as vivid, as the image captured in your mind of a loved one who's gone."
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