[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 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