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The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking. - Brooks Atkinson - 1951, Once Around the Sun
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A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into. - Ansel Adams
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A collusion exists also between all photographers present at the same situation: they look at everything except at one another. - Anonymous - Creative Camera, August, 1972, page 266 and 278
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The art of looking at pictures can only be properly acquired by constantly looking at pictures... - S D Jouhar
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Hence the detail which interests me is not, or at least is not strictly intentional, and probably must not be so; it occurs in the field of the photographed thing like a supplement that is at once inevitable and delightful; it does not necessarily attest to the photographer's art; it says only that the photographer was there, or else, still more simply, that he could not (i)not(i) photograph the partial object at the same time as the total object (how could Kerész have 'separated' the dirt road from the violinist walking on it?). The Photographer's 'second sight' does not consist in 'seeing' but in being there. And above all, imitating Orpheus, he must not turn back to look at what he is leading — what hi is giving to me! - Roland Barthes - From the book: "Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography" by Roland Barthes
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...The editors of (i)Life(i) rejected Kerész'a photographs when he arrived in the United States in 1937 because, they said, his images 'spoke too much'; they made us reflect, suggested a meaning — a different meaning from the literal one. Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is (i)pensive(i), when it thinks. - Roland Barthes - From the book: "Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography" by Roland Barthes
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