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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
[1856 – 1950] English playwright, political writer, art critic and amateur photographer
The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off. - George Bernard Shaw - "Some Criticisms of the Exhibitions," in Amateur Photographer (London, 16 Oct. 1902; repr. in Bernard Shaw on Photography, 1989). , Bernard Shaw on Photography by Bernard Shaw, Bill Jay, Margaret Moore (Editor) , ISBN: 0879053380
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I've posed nude for a photographer in the manner of Rodin's Thinker, but I merely looked constipated. - George Bernard Shaw

If Velasquez were born today, he would be a photographer and not a painter. - George Bernard Shaw, The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 276
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I always wanted to draw and paint. I had no literary ambition: I aspired to be a Michael Angelo, not a Shakespear (sic). But I could not draw well enough to satisfy myself; and the instruction I could get was worse than useless. So when dry plates and push buttons came into the market I bought a box camera and began pushing the button... - George Bernard Shaw - in a reply to Helmut Gernsheim as to why he had taken up photography.

You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it. Better keep yourself clean and bright: you are the window through which you must see the world. - George Bernard Shaw

Technically good negatives are more often the result of the survival of the fittest than of special creation: the photographer is like the cod, which lays a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity... - George Bernard Shaw

....there is still far too much of the sort of work that can be seen for nothing in the shop-window, not to mention one or two examples of "retouching" which can only be compared to the pipes and moustaches with which portraits of the sovereigns of England get decorated in school histories.... Retouching claims to be an art within an art; and doubtless it is so in much the same way that conjuring as applied to table-turning is an art within an art. All the more reason for it to be artistically done. It ought, however, to be excluded from a photographic exhibition, on the simple grounds that it is not photography... - George Bernard Shaw - commenting in a newspaper (17 October 1888)

It is impossible to contemplate the Salon walls without condoling with Mr. Steichen on the conflict between art and popular prudery. The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take it clothes off. I delight in mankind as nature makes it, and take such a moderate interest in mere garments that my tailor...has..had to change his name to avoid the public discredit of my callous abuse of his masterpieces.... - George Bernard Shaw - "Amateur Photographer" (16 October 1902)

The photographer is like the cod, which lays a million eggs in order that one may be hatched. - George Bernard Shaw - in 1901 (lack of success in photography made him to express this statement) , A Concise History of Photography by Helmut Gernsheim , ISBN: 0486251284 , Page: 186
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Some day the camera will do the work of Velasquez and Pieter do Hoogh, colour and all… Selection and representation, covering ninety-nine hundredths of our annual output of art, belongs henceforth to photography. - George Bernard Shaw - in 1901 , A Concise History of Photography by Helmut Gernsheim , ISBN: 0486251284 , Page: 186
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The camera can represent flesh so superbly that if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off… It is monstrous that custom should force us to display our faces ostentatiously, however worn and wrinkled and mean they may be, whilst carefully concealing all our other parts, however shapely and well preserved… Our fashionable books on African and Australian travel are full of photographs of dark ladies undraped and unembarrassed whose natural propriety passes unchallenged because their self-possession makes us forget our natural prudery. - George Bernard Shaw - {Perhaps G.B.S. was over-influenced by his admiration for his own body. He was very proud of his physique, even as an old man. But he practiced what he preached and posed in the nude for Alvin Langdon Coburn in 1906} – Bill Jay , Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 13 - 14
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Though we have hundreds of photographs of Dickens and Wagner, we see nothing of them except their suits of clothes with their heads sticking out; and what is the use of that ? - George Bernard Shaw - said to Frank Harris during talk about nudity. , Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 14
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When the photographer takes to forgery, the press encourages him. The critics, being professional connoisseurs of the shiftiest of the old makeshifts, come to the galleries where the forgeries are exhibited. They find to their relief that here, instead of a new business for them to learn, is a row of monochromes which their old jargon fits like a glove. Forthwith they proclaim that photography has become an art. - George Bernard Shaw, Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 125
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Some see things the way they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were, and ask "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw

Though we have hundreds of photographs of [Charles] Dickens and [Richard] Wagner, we see nothing of them except the suits of clothes with their heads sticking out; and what is the use of that? - George Bernard Shaw - as a reply to press comments on his posing in the nude for “Le Penseur” [“The Thinker”] by Alvin Langdon Coburn., 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 420
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Helmut Gernsheim – “What, or who, led you to take up photography, and about what date ?
George Bernard Shaw – I always wanted to draw and paint. I had no literary ambition. I aspired to be a Michelangelo, not a Shakespeare. But I could not draw well enough to satisfy myself; and the instruction I could get was worse than useless. So when dry plates and push buttons came into the market I bought a box camera and began pushing the button. It was in 1898.”
- George Bernard Shaw, A Concise History of Photography by Helmut Gernsheim , ISBN: 0486251284 , Page: 187
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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. - George Bernard Shaw

I would willingly exchange every single painting of Christ for one snapshot. - George Bernard Shaw - Its his most famous comment on photography

I would trade all the paintings of Jesus for one photograph - George Bernard Shaw - I would trade all the paintings of Christ for just one snap shot" http://www.bonniemitchell.com/blog/?p=1024 But I also did find this version of the quote on twitter:

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