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LASZLO MOHOLY-NAGY


The photogram can be called the key to photography because every good photograph must possess the same fine gradation between the white and black extremes as the photogram. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Photography when used as a representational art is not a mere copy of nature. This is proved by the rarity of the “good” photograph. Only now and then does one find really “good” photographs among the millions which appear in illustrated papers and books. What is remarkable in this end at the same time serves as a proof is that (after a fairly long visual culture) we always infallibly and with sure instinct discover the “good” photos, quite apart from the novelty or unfamiliarity of the thematic content. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - wrote this in 1925 for his book "Painting, Photography, Film", Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 113
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The camera has offered us amazing possibilities, which we are only just beginning to exploit. The visual image has been expanded and even the modern lens is no longer tied to the narrow limits of our eye; no manual means of representation (pencil, brush, etc.,) is capable of arresting fragments of the world seen like this; it is equally impossible for manual means of creation to fix the quintessence of a movement, nor should we regard the ability of the lens to distort – the view from below, from above, the oblique view – as in any sense merely negative, for it provides an impartial approach, such as our eyes, tied as they are to the laws of association, do not give; and from any other point of view: the delicacy of the grey effects produces a sublimated value, the differentiation of which can transcend its own sphere of influence and even benefit colour composition. But when we have enumerated these uses we are still far from having exhausted the possibilities in this field. We are only beginning to exploit them; for although photography is already over a hundred years old it is only in recent years that the course of development has allowed us to see beyond the specific instance and recognize the creative consequences. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - wrote this in 1925 for his book "Painting, Photography, Film"

The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - It can be found in the german Book "Bilder der Photograpie - Ein Album photographischer Metaphern" (ISBN: 3-518-12461-7).

…structure becomes transparency and transparency manifests structure. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - saying of x-ray images, 1896., 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 285
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…it cannot be too plainly stated that it is quite unimportant whether photography produces ‘art’ or not. Its own basic laws, not the opinions of art critics, will provide the only valid measure of its future worth. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 521
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The organization of light and shadow effects produce a new enrichment of vision. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - writing about one of his photograms. , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 521
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When the true qualities of photography are recognized, the process of representation by mechanical means will be brought to a level of perfection never before reached. Modern illustrated magazines are still lagging behind, considering their enormous potential ! And to think what they could and must achieve in the field of education and culture. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - “Malerei Fotografie Film”, Bauhaus-bücher Band 8, Albert Langen, Munich, 1927 [cited in: “Germany - The New Photography 1927 – 33’ (Documents and essays selected and edited by David Mellor), Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1978, p. 103]

The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of 'how to do'. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

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