On semiologists and post-modern photo-deconstructors: Academic imperialists are marginalising the practice of making photographs instead of celebrating its power and magic. It appears to me, as an exhibiting photographer and as a teacher, that I am again in a world where the word is king with photographs as mere courtiers. I believe this trend to be regressive because it undermines photography and most of those who practice it. - Paul Hill
Newsletter of the Contemporary Group of The Royal Photographic Society, Summer 1993
Photography should be considered as a language which means that its grammar and its syntax have to be learnt before the medium can be fully exploited by the photographer. - Paul Hill
It is true that in-depth documentary photography is probably the most powerful communicative genre of the medium, but alas it does not sell magazines, and therefore has to be rationed to about one issue every three months. As a result that most romantic of all photographic heroes – the magazine photo-journalist (“…point me in the direction of the front-line, I want to show man’s inhumanity to man…”) is becoming a dying breed. - Paul Hill
cited in: “Creative Camera International Year Book 1977”, Coo Press, London, 1976, p. 39.
Taking photographs is more a way of life than a means of making money. I am convinced that only those with a mania to create will get the most out of life. - Paul Hill
Cited in: “Creative Camera International Year Book 1977”, Coo Press, London, 1976, p. 40.
A photograph is a tissue of lies. The photographer chooses where to put the tripod, what to leave in, what to leave out, and what moment to press the shutter. The resulting image can present a believable window on the world but it is, in fact, very subjective. - Paul Hill
From the book: "A few of the legends" by Peter Adams.