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HARRY CALLAHAN
[1912 – 1999] An American photographer, who is considered one of the great innovators of modern American photography
I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. - Harry Callahan

The mystery isn't in the technique, it's in each of us. - Harry Callahan, More Joy of Photography by Eastman Kodak (Editor)
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[What is exciting] are photographs that say something in a new manner, not for the sake of being different, but because the individual is different and the individual express himself. - Harry Callahan

The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different, but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. - Harry Callahan

...To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures. Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters... - Harry Callahan

I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people. - Harry Callahan

I think nearly every artist continually wants to reach the edge of nothingness - the point where you can't go any further. - Harry Callahan

I guess I've shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like. - Harry Callahan

The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different, but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. I realize that we all do express ourselves, but those who express that which is always being done are those whose thinking is almost in every way in accord with everyone else. Expression on this basis has become dull to those who wish to think for themselves. - Harry Callahan, Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 104
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I photograph continuously, often without a good idea or strong feelings. During this time the photos are nearly all poor, but I believe they develop my seeing and help later on in other photos. I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people. - Harry Callahan

I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. - Harry Callahan

I photograph continuously, often without a good idea or strong feelings. During this time the photos are nearly all poor but I believe they develop my seeing and help later on in other photos. I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people. - Harry Callahan

I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings are worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. - Harry Callahan - [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]

The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. - Harry Callahan - 1946 [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]

Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If a man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life. I am interested in relating the problems that affect me to some set of values that I am trying to discover and establish as being my life. I want to discover and establish them through photography. - Harry Callahan - 1946 [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]
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It’s the subject matter that counts. I am interested in revealing the subject in a new way to intensify it. - Harry Callahan - 1964.
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Photography is an adventure just as life is an adventure. If man wishes to express himself photographically, he must understand, surely to a certain extent, his relationship to life. I am interested in relating the problems that affect me to some set of values that I am trying to discover and establish as being my life. I want to discover and establish them through photography. This is strictly my affair and does not explain these pictures by any means. Anyone else not having the desire to take them would realise that I must have felt this was purely personal. This reason, whether it be good or bad, is the only reason I can give for these photographs. ‘The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different, but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself. I realise that we all do express ourselves, but those who express that which is always being done are those whose thinking is almost in every way in accord with everyone else. Expression on this basis has become dull to those who wish to think for themselves. ‘I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. - Harry Callahan - 1946. Creative Camera, August, 1968, page 270-271

[I]t’s the subject matter that counts. I’m interested in revealing the subject in a new way to intensify it. A photo is able to capture a moment that people can’t always see. - Harry Callahan, 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 647 - 648
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