All art requires courage. - Anne Tucker
The taint of age can be very beautiful. The wreckage of man-made objects is something more beautiful than the new. Rust and weathering adds a patina of . . . well, I call it 'elegant shit' or 'elegant gorp'. - Brett Weston
I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable. - Richard Avedon
The art is the challenge which you must meet every day: the technique you should learn to control with time. The science and the art of photography are really one, and not opposed to each other. - Yousuf Karsh, Interviews With Master Photographers : Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Cornell Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman, Lord Snowdon, Brett Weston by James Danziger
Is love like art - something always ahead, never quite attained. - Edward Weston, The Daybooks of Edward Weston by Edward Weston, Beaumont Newhall (Photographer), Nancy Newhall (Introduction) , ISBN: 0893814504
When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. "you must have a wonderful camera...It must be the best camera in the world...You must show me your camera." Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: "I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter." - Anonymous
It is only by loving nature, and going to her for everything, that good work can be done; but then we must look to her for the materials for pictures, not for pictures themselves. It is nature filtered through the mind and fingers of the artist that produces art, and the quality of the pictures depends on the fineness of that filter. - Henry Peach Robinson
To speak technically photography is the art of writing with light. But if I want to think about it more philosophically, I can say that photography is the art of writing with time. When you capture an image you capture not only a piece of space, you also capture a piece of time. So you have this piece of specific time in your square or rectangle. In that sense I find that photography has more to do with time than with light. - Gerardo Suter - "Black & White Magazine for Collector of Fine Photography", February 2001, page: 118
The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness than they would otherwise attain on their own. - Brassai
Maybe, the greatest art discovery within hundred years from now, would be our grandparents' photo albums! - Wifredo Garcia - From the book: "Fotografia, un arte para nuestro siglo" ISBN: 84-499-4992-0
Photography is to the layman perhaps the most enticing art. As a buff and a follower, at a respectful distance, I find myself like others, having the heart of a Steiglitz with hands that sometimes seem impeded by boxing gloves. What is exasperating is that one can feel closer to managing the skills of photography than most other arts, and yet be a long hop, skip and delusional way from it. - Norman Corwin
Everywhere is something which could be beautiful. You must only to see and to know what and how to take off, to crop from the infinity. Abstract, fine art, nature, landscape and portrait photography. - Florin Constantinescu
Knowing a great deal about what is in the world (art, catastrophe, the beauties of nature) through photographic images, people are frequently disappointed, surprised, unmoved when the see the real thing. For photographic images tend to subtract feeling from something we experience at first hand and the feelings they do arouse are, largely, not those we have in real life. Often something disturbs us more in photographed form than it does when we actually experience it. - Susan Sontag, On Photography by Susan Sontag , ISBN: 0385267061 , Page: 168
As industrialization provided social uses for the operations of the photographer, so the reaction against these uses reinforced the self-consciousness of photography-as-art. - Susan Sontag, On Photography by Susan Sontag , ISBN: 0385267061 , Page: 8
When photography was invented artists thought that it would bring ruin to art but it is shown that photography has been an ally of art, an educator of taste more powerful than a hundred academies of Design would have been… - Anonymous - Philadelphia Photographer, April 1868 [cited in: A World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum, (third edition) 1997, p. 208]
Art starts where consciousness ends. This is why we must invent untruths for those who require explanations. - Patrick Summerfield - [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 118]
The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates. In schools of photography meaningful art education is often lacking and on the strength of their technical ability alone students, deprived of a richer artistic training, are sent forth inculcated with the belief that they are creative photographers and artists. It is yet a fact that today, as in the past, the most inspiring and provocative works in photography come as much (and probably more) from those who are in the first place artists. - Aaron Scharf - Creative Photography, 1965 [cited in: Creative Camera September 1968, p. 298]
How aware were photographers in the past of other visual arts? “No photographer of any distinction at all could approach his work without some awareness of what was going on in other visual media, and for that matter neither the painter nor the draughtsman could ignore photography. […]" - Aaron Scharf - (quoted in an interview about his book “Art and Photography”) [cited in: Creative Camera October 1968, p. 358]
Has it led you to the conclusion that photography is an art ? Or it is simply a means of recording ? “I’m glad you asked that. I’ve been wanting to say this for years. Is cooking an art ? Is talking an art ? Is even painting an art ? It is artfulness that makes art, not the medium itself. Of course photography is an art – when it is in the hands of artists.” - Aaron Scharf - (quoted in an interview about his book “Art and Photography”) [cited in: Creative Camera October 1968, p. 358]
Only recently serious research into the relationship between photography and art has taken place. Why has it been so long in coming ? “In some respects historical research is analogous with that of science. The bringing to light of factual material and the development of ideas is to a large extent cumulative.[…] But when artists themselves were, from about 1910, beginning to tear down the bastions protecting Art in its ivory tower, questioning the idea of Art with a capital ‘A’, photography was inevitably to assume a new stature both in the eyes of artists and the public, too." - Aaron Scharf - (quoted in an interview about his book “Art and Photography”) [cited in: Creative Camera October 1968, p. 358]
Today, because photography exercises such a profound influence upon the study of art, we tend to disregard the way in which prints continue to function as information. - Edward Lucie-Smith - from the catalogue introduction to the Fourth British International Print Biennale, 1974 [cited in: Creative Camera January 1975, p. 4]
Art is not so much a matter of methods and processes as it is an affair of temperament, of taste and of sentiment… In the hands of the artist, the photograph becomes a work of art… In a word, photography is what the photographer makes it – an art or a trade. - William Howe Downess - Photo Era, March 1900, World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum , ISBN: 0789209462 , Page: 296
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God. - Robert Mapplethorpe
When you start showing your work to others, the purity of the art diminishes.You do pure art for yourself... - Evan Clarke - On the art and philosophy of photography.
Art is stronger than Nature - Titian
But O, photography! as no art is,
Faithful and disappointing!
- Philip Larkin - from English poet Philip Larkin's 1953 poem "Lines ona young lady's photograph album"
There is something wrong with a work of art if it can be understood by a policeman. - Patrick Kavanagh
Why do most great pictures look uncontrived? Why do photographers bother with the deception, especially since it so often requires the hardest work of all? The answer is, I think, that the deception is necessary if the goal of art is to be reached: only pictures that look as if they had been easily made can convincingly suggest that beauty is commonplace. - Robert Adams - "Beauty in Photography" 1996
Silence is, after all, the context for the deepest appreciation of art: the only important evaluations are finally, personal, interior ones. - Robert Adams - "Beauty in Photography" 1996
...the only things that distinguish the photographer from everybody else are his pictures: they alone are the basis for our special interest in him. If pictures cannot be understood without knowing details of the artist's private life, then that is a reason for faulting them; major art, by definition, can stand independent of its maker. - Robert Adams - "Beauty in Photography" 1996
Photography is to the layman perhaps the most constantly enticing art. As a buff and follower, at a respectful distance, I find myself like others, having the heart of a Steiglitz with hands that sometimes seem impeded by boxing gloves ... What is exasperating is that one can feel closer to managing the skills of photography than most other arts, and yet be a long hop, skip and delusional way from it. - Norman Corwin - From "Corwin on Media", 1974,as quoted in Westways Magazine, Jul/Aug 99
The eyes sink to the heart to make the art. - Melanie Einzig
One of the ongoing projects of modern art, and probably its most serious, is to tell what it's really like to be living here now - not what it's like on television or in advertisements, not what it's like to be a cohort, but what it's like to be a man or a woman in that unique body that's always living an odd life. Against the forces of false persuasion the artist offers an undeniable sort of truth, stated in simple human terms, minus the jargon and the emblems of expertise and false authority. It's always a voice and the voice always says: this is how it is for me, and I hope you understand. - John Rosenthal
A picture is worth a thousand words; A fine art print so much more. - Steve Denby
People must be conditioned to recognizing photography as Fine Art. That is what I am trying to establish. - S D Jouhar
Art helps us see with new eyes what we knew was there but never really recognized. I photograph not to record or document—but rather, to capture and hold, just for a moment, the essence of what exists beyond the scene. - Robert Hall
Technology is not a panacea. It alone will not move your art forward. Only through developing your own aesthetic - free from the tools that create it - can you find new dimension to your work. - Robert Hall
The difference between Art and Shit is someone’s opinion. - Albert Normandin
If calling it art will sell [a photograph], good dealers will call it art. I actually had a client say that if someone was an artist making photographs she could buy what I was selling, but if he was a photographer making photographs she couldn't. So I said, Okay, he's an artist. - Robert Friedus - Refreshingly cynical comment by a leading NY photography dealer. Quoted in John Stathatos, "The Territories of the Medium"
What I look for in pictures I take: eyes, hands, head tilt, body language, background and use of space. - Caroline Mueller
I often wished I could capture and share the sudden moments of beauty that I would see all around me. - Caroline Mueller -
Photography is a calling that requires vigilance and alertness for that moment in time that only occurs once. - Caroline Mueller -
Some of my favorite memories are of people I have photographed. - Caroline Mueller - In Memory Of Those We Shot
Great photographs, like great art, transcend time. Picasso once wrote ‘Art is the lie that tells us the truth’, but only a photograph can tell us the truth of the moment. - Anthony Friedkin - From the book: "A few of the legends" by Peter Adams.