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Photography is a means of recording forever the things one sees for a moment. - Aaron Sussman
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The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting. - Andre Kertesz
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If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment. - Linda McCartney
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I believe in the photographer's magic — the ability to stir the soul with light and shape and colour. To create grand visual moments out of small and simple things, and to infuse big and complicated subjects with unpretentious elegance. He respects classic disciplines, while at the same time insists on being fast, modern and wild. - Amyn Nasser
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Photographic technique is no secret and – provided the interest is there – easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the Muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves. This is true of all artists; the moment there is something to say, there becomes a way to say it. - Ralph Gibson - from his book Déjà vu [cited in: Creative Camera December 1972, p. 401]

To be able to see in concrete terms what was created in a fraction of a second is a rare luxury. Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected. - Ralph Gibson - [cited in: Creative Camera December 1972, p. 401]

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision and the two together can make a good photograph. It is difficult to describe this thin line where matter ends and mind begins. - Robert Frank - 1962, World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum , ISBN: 0789209462 , Page: 516
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A photographer who made a picture from a splendid moment, an accidental pose of someone or a beautiful scenery, is the finder of a treaser. - Robert Doisneau - in the Dutch Photomagazine "Foto" April 1983
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I find the still image more powerful than the moving picture, because it leaves me alone for a moment with my thoughts. - Anonymous
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All the photographs in the world, when summed together couldn't possibly amount to a moment... So every human being is faced with the same dilemma: The photograph, or the moment? - Anonymous

Time will never stand still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture such a moment and record it forever is truly monumental. This is why I love c - Joshua Atticks - Taken from Lifesessions.com

There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment. - Cardinal de Retx
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Human gesture and expression are the essence of photography. It's not about lights or fast lenses and fast film. It's the ability to capture a moment in time. To capture the spirit of someone in that magic box is wonderful. It's what I fell in love with as a kid. - John Shearer, The Great LIFE Photographers by The Editors of LIFE (Author), John Loengard (Contributor), Gordon Parks (Contributor) , ISBN: 0821228927 , Page: 496
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Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments. - Alex Tehrani

It’s not when you press the shutter, but why you press the shutter. - Mary Ellen Mark
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