LASZLO MOHOLY-NAGY
[1895 – 1946] (born László Weisz) Hungarian painter and photographer

 
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).
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
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 , Views on nudes by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312 , Page: 113
wrote this in 1925 for his book "Painting, Photography, Film"
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"
…structure becomes transparency and transparency manifests structure. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 285
saying of x-ray images, 1896.
…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
The organization of light and shadow effects produce a new enrichment of vision. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 521
writing about one of his photograms.
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]
Photography has not yet achieved anything like its full stature, has not articulated its own intrinsic structure. Yet this lack of "results" does not contradict the almost unbelievable impact which photographic vision has had upon our culture. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
The photogram, or camera-less record of forms produced by light, which embodies the unique nature of the photographic process, is the real key to photography. It allows us to capture the patterned interplay of light on a sheet of sensitised paper without recourse to any apparatus. The photogram opens up perspectives of a hitherto wholly unknown morphosis governed by optical laws peculiar to itself. It is the most completely dematerialised medium which the new vision commands. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Thanks to the photographer, humanity has acquired the power of perceiving its surroundings, and its very existence, with new eyes. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
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. It is sufficiently unprecedented that such a "mechanical" thing as photography, and one regarded so contemptuously in an artistic and creative sense, should have acquired the power it has, and become one of the primary objective visual forms, in barely a century of evolution. 'The true significance of the film will only appear in a much later, less confused and groping age than ours. The prerequisite for this revelation is, of course, the realisation that a knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet. The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.' - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
A knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet. The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
The photographer is a manipulator of light; photography is a manipulation of light. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
From the book: "Photography Masterclass: Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers" by Paul Lowe foreword by Simon Norfolk
This century belongs to light. Photography is the first attempt to give form to light, even though by transposition. Perhaps it is this very transposition that almost results in abstraction. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Translated by Gerhard Loose from L. Moholy-Nagy, 'Die Beifspiellose Fotografie' Das Deutsche Lichtbild, Jahres schau 1927, Berlin, Verlag Robert & Bruno Schultz, 1927.
A birds-eye view of trees which form a unity with the pattern of the street. The lines running in many directions, placed each behind the other, form a rich spatial net work. - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Typescript label on back of original print Spring in Berlin, 1928.