[Life wanted] faces that would express what we wanted to tell. Not just the unusual or striking face, but the face that would speak out the message from the printed page. I am always looking for some typical person or face that will tie the picture essay together in a human way. - Margaret Bourke-White, Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White
One picture is worth a thousand words. - Anonymous
These days I think the composers of music influence me more than any photographers or visual creators. I see something exciting or lovely and think to myself: 'If Papa Haydn or Wolfgang Amadeus or the red-headed Vivaldi were here with a camera, they'd snap a picture of what's in front of me.' So I take the picture for them. - Ralph Steiner
The pictures you want tomorrow, you have to take today. - Anonymous - Kodak advertisement
Life is fun. You've got the picture to prove it. - Anonymous - Pentax advertisement
Since that was your last flashbulb, shouldn't you have loaded the film before taking the picture? - Anonymous
A photographer from a well know national magazine was assigned to cover the fires at Yellowstone National Park. The magazine wanted to show some of the heroic work of the fire fighters as they battled the blaze. When the photographer arrived, he realized that the smoke was so thick that it would seriously impede or make it impossible for him to photograph anything from ground level. He requested permission to rent a plane and take photos from the air. His request was approved and arrangements were made. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be waiting for him. He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He jumped in with his bag and shouted, "Let's go!'' The pilot swung the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air. The photographer said, "Fly over the park and make two or three low passes so I can take some pictures." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I am a photographer," he responded, "and photographers take photographs." The pilot was silent for a moment; finally he stammered, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?" - Anonymous
I like your motto: One picture is worth 1,000 denials. - Ronald Reagan - To White House News Photographers Assn 18 May 83
...the era of popular photography which began with the introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888 is that of the anonymous photograph...Both sitter and photographer may be no longer identifiable. Yet...these primative pictures are of great historic significance...Through them we have a detailed picture of everyday life of a kind never previously available. - Brian Coe, The Birth of Photography : The Story of the Formative Years, 1800-1900 by Biran Coe , ISBN: 0600562964
I am a perfectionist. When I take a picture...it's gotta be good - Weegee
A technically perfect photograph can be the world’s most boring picture. - Andreas Feininger, Total Photography by Andreas Feininger , ISBN: 081743531X , Page: 247
A good picture is born from a state of grace. Grace becomes manifest when one is freed from conventions, free as a child in his first discovery of reality. The game is then to organize the triangle. - Sergio Larrain
Most people if I like their music, I can get good pictures. - Linda McCartney
We take pictures to record our personal vision of the world. - Anonymous - Nikon slogan
Life is fun. You’ve got the picture to prove it. - Anonymous - Pentax advertisement
The viewer who sees only a study in the picture of the glass jug illuminated from behind fails to appreciate the masterly composition, the noble purity of the lines, the rich plasticity of the form and consequently also the poetry and beauty of the picture, and still more important, its specifically photographic qualities. - Alexander Rodchenko
We tried to present the ordinary in an extraordinary manner. But that’s the paradox because the only thing extraordinary about it was that it was so ordinary. Nobody had ever done it before, deliberately. Now it’s called documentary, which I suppose is all right ... We just took pictures that cried out to be taken. - Ben Shahn
I want my work to become part of our visual history, to enter our collective memory and our collective conscience. I hope it will serve to remind us that history's deepest tragedies concern not the great protagonists who set events in motion but the countless ordinary people who are caught up in those events and torn apart by their remorseless fury. I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated. - James Nachtwey - International Center of Photography Press Release
The image of how power shows itself to the public is important... CNN was an inspiration to do the project in color because power confirms itself through television... I thought it would be interesting to copy the same language (color, TV format). The large color pictures are framed in heavy wooden frames with golden plates and hung slightly higher than normal. So viewers get a sore neck watching these events, this is also the case when looking at paintings of saints in cathedrals. - Carl De Keyzer
A newsreel has movment, but the still photograph has permanence. It is a moment of time frozen. The famous picture of the South Vietnam general shooting a terrorist with his own hand in a Saigon street would have meant little flashing by on television screens. As a still picture it stands forever – an accusation of mankind. - Tom Hopkinson
I've come to realize that I'm a image maker, not an object maker. Images come to me as photographs because I don't have any other way of express them. I have to translate everything into still or moving pictures. I've learned that reality is not important to me. In the end it is the representation of reality that I'm striving to capture. - Gerardo Suter - "Black & White Magazine for Collector of Fine Photography", February 2001, page: 118
If the ball isn't in the picture you haven't got a picture. - Rob Heyl
Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people's life by looking at their souls and exposing them to his light. - Francis Bacon
If you do see the competior in the viewfiender you've missed the picture. - Bob Martin
The picture… will reveal a truth of fact, of feeling, of experience, of aesthetic power, of form, of life itself – and this not only to you but also to one or all who look at it. The picture may even tell different things to different people – but it will tell. This may be a yardstick for the quality of your photograph. - Tim Gidal - [cited in: "Creative Camera International Year Book 1978", Coo Press, London, 1977, p. 39]
Life is one big picture. -
Anyone can take a picture...a person with a passion sees the picture before it's taken. - Anonymous
NARRATOR: Henry Luce always had a fascination with what he called "picture magic". To introduce his new magazine to the world, he wrote an essay which described the many powers of photography. "To see life. To see the world. To watch the faces of the poor, and the gestures of the proud. To see strange things. Machines, armies, multitudes, and shadows in the jungle. To see, and to take pleasure in seeing. To see and be instructed. To see and be amazed..." - Henry Luce - This was directly from "American Photography: A Century of Images" off the following site: http://www.pbs.org/ktca/americanphotography/filmandmore/index.html It is the transcript of the video for teachers.
The photographer was thought to be an acute but non-interfering observer – a scribe, not a poet. But as people quickly discovered that nobody takes the same picture of the same thing, the supposition that cameras furnish an impersonal, objective image yielded to the fact that photographs are evidence not only of what’s there but of what an individual sees, not just a record but an evaluation of the world. It became clear that there was not just a simple activity called seeing (recorded by, aided by cameras) but ‘photographic seeing’, which was both a new way for people to see and a new activity for them to perform. - Susan Sontag, On Photography by Susan Sontag , ISBN: 0385267061 , Page: 88
I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way. - Bruce Davidson - 1968 [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]
The uninvolved photojournalist’s pictures will at the very best serve to prop up the copy, at worst ruin it; the involved photographer’s work however will speak entirely for itself and will in no way profit by copy, though copy neatly added will not spoil such a picture; simply, it will not be read. - Jozef Gross - “A point of view: fact of feeling?” [cited in: Creative Camera March 1968, p. 99]
A photographer is a witness. He has a moral duty. Every picture must be true and honest. I believe a photographer’s strength is his ability to accurately record reality. There are photographers who think they are lucky if they find unusual or special subject. But it is never the subject that is so marvelous. It is how alive and real the photographer can make it. - Edouard Boubat - from Photo by Boubat, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner [cited in: Creative Camera June 1972, p. 184]
What is a good photograph? I cannot say. A photograph is tied to the time, what is good today may be a cliché tomorrow. The problem of the photographer is to discover his own language, a visual ABC. The picture represents the feelings and point of view of the intelligence behind the camera. This disease of our age is boredom and a good photographer must combat it. The way to do this is by invention – by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me. The best way to achieve surprise quality is by avoiding clichés. Imitation is the greatest danger of the young photographer. - Alexey Brodovitch - Photography, February 1964 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1972, p. 472]
When the novice photographer starts taking pictures, he carries his camera about and shoots everything that interests him. There comes a time when he must crystallize his ideas and set off in an particular direction. He must learn that shooting for the sake of shooting is dull and unprofitable. - Alexey Brodovitch - Photography, February 1964 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1972, p. 472]
The personality and style of a photographer usually limits the type of subject with which he deals best. For example Cartier-Bresson is very interested in people and in travel; these things plus his precise feeling for geometrical relationships determine the type of pictures he takes best. What is of value is that a particular photographer sees the subject differently. A good picture must be a completely individual expression which intrigues the viewer and forces him to think. - Alexey Brodovitch - Photography, February 1964 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1972, p. 472]
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a talking picture worth? - Anonymous - (advertising slogan for Kodak Ektasound system [movie cameras and projectors]) [Popular Photography 4/1974, p, 13]
Actually, documentary pictures include every subject in the world – good, bad, indifferent. I have yet to see a fine photograph which is not a good document. - Berenice Abbott - 1951, Universal Photo Almanac [cited in: Creative Camera November 1974, p. 365]
I capture reality, never pose it. But once captured, is it still reality? I've always tried to play with the false impression of reality, with the ambiguity of appearances. Things are what they seem to be, or maybe something else. I use people as unconscous actors in little dramas they don't know they're in. These pictures are about Earthlings, but I'll let you in on a secret: I'm an Earthling myself. - Richard Kalvar
For many people the scent of certain plants can revive memories with a vividness that nothing else can equal, for the sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that and left the conscious mind. - Thalassa Cruso
A photographer who made a picture from a splendid moment, an accidental pose of someone or a beautiful scenery, is the finder of a treaser. - Robert Doisneau - in the Dutch Photomagazine "Foto" April 1983
If I could have put it into words I would have written it down. But I couldn't, so I took a picture. - Anonymous
I find the still image more powerful than the moving picture, because it leaves me alone for a moment with my thoughts. - Anonymous
The still photograph is to moving pictures what poetry is to prose - less comprehensive perhaps, less literal even, yet somehow capable of expressing a deeper truth. - Anonymous
If the picture matters, the camera matters. - Anonymous - Nikon ad.
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
...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
It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get. - Timothy Allen - On editing photos - Taken from interview (see http://blog.travellerspoint.com/90/)
To shoot poignant pictures we only need follow the path of our enthusiasm . I believe that this feeling is the universe's way of telling us that we are doing the right thing. The viewing public will always disagree over the intrinsic merits of a particular photograph, but no one can deny the enthusiasm that originally inspired us to capture and offer that image to others. - Timothy Allen - On choosing subject matter - From an interview in 'Photographer' Magazine (Russian)
Your mind is like a live camera that is constantly taking pictures of every single moment that comes onto you... So be a good photographer! - David Acuna
Like it or not, a photograph is an art form, regardless of subject or style. One of the reasons I can make this generalisation is that as with anything artistic, its not a definitive thing; it means different things to different viewers and is totally subjective. To one viewer it may be crap, to another it may be superb. Just like music, sculpture, painting, the written word or film, it stirs up a different feeling and thought within anyone who looks at a picture. Its not finite like a mathematical formula but totally infinite in its communication. - Edmond Terakopian
A picture is worth a thousand words; A fine art print so much more. - Steve Denby
The art of looking at pictures can only be properly acquired by constantly looking at pictures... - S D Jouhar
If pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture. - Anonymous - Movie:One Hour Photo
Most people don't take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don't take pictures of these things. - Anonymous - Movie:One Hour Photo
Everyone will take one great picture, I’ve done better because I’ve taken two. - David Bailey
When I take a picture, it takes a piece of me. - Jason W. Cline