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FREDERICK SOMMER


[1905 - 1999] artist and master photographer

My images are going to be among the very few great images done in North America by a white man. - Frederick Sommer - Lenswork - Mar 2002 - page 75

The only way to understand something is to be confronted by something that is difficult to understand. - Frederick Sommer

The coherent way of investigating any field is to examine its possible relatedness to other things. - Frederick Sommer

Everything is shared by everything else; there are no discontinuities. - Frederick Sommer

Life itself is not the reality. We are the ones who put life into stones and pebbles. - Frederick Sommer

The field of action of a photograph should be that chessboard of the heart and mind upon which poetry and art have always operated. - Frederick Sommer

...art is images you carry. You cannot carry nature with you, but you carry images of nature. When you go out to make a picture you find you are moved by something which is in agreement with an image you already held within yourself. - Frederick Sommer

Photography is a distributive act leading to a privileged condition. - Frederick Sommer - Fred Sommer talking to Bill Jay.

Some speak of a return to nature. I wonder where they could have been. - Frederick Sommer

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