I’d been shy as a person at times. And when I was a young man, the camera helped me get over my shyness. I didn’t like to talk a lot, and the camera was my crutch. But after having said that, I loved people, and I still do. And there was a trick. You’d go around with no film in your camera and warm people up to the idea you’re shooting, but you’re not wasting a lot of film. - John Shearer , Life Photographers: What They Saw by John Loengard , Page: 420
Human gesture and expression are the essence of photography. It's not about lights or fast lenses and fast film. It's the ability to capture a moment in time. To capture the spirit of someone in that magic box is wonderful. It's what I fell in love with as a kid. - John Shearer , The Great LIFE Photographers by The Editors of LIFE (Author), John Loengard (Contributor), Gordon Parks (Contributor) , ISBN: 0821228927 , Page: 496