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LORD SNOWDON
[b. 1930] Real name: Anthony Armstrong Jones - English photographer, inventor and designer
I think it is quite wrong to photograph, for example, Garbo, if she doesn't want to be photographed. Now I would have loved to photograph her, but she obviously didn't want to be photographed so I didn't follow it up. Then somebody will photograph her walking down the street because she has to walk down the street, and I mind that sort of intrusion. I think this is horrible. - Lord Snowdon

It's no good saying "hold it" to a moment in real life. - Lord Snowdon - on why you should shoot first and worry about the focusing on the second picture., Pictures on a Page : Photojournalism and Picture Editing by Harold Evans , ISBN: 0534008127 , Page: 20
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To me, The goal is to move people, to make people think, but never, never at the expense of the person you're photographing. To laugh with, yes - but never to laugh at. - Lord Snowdon, Interviews With Master Photographers : Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Cornell Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman, Lord Snowdon, Brett Weston by James Danziger
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One can legitimately accentuate certain things, like a caricaturist. - Lord Snowdon, Pictures on a page : photo-journalism, graphics and picture editing by Harold Evans , Page: 162
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If there is a good thing about photography, it is that it can be easily enjoyed. - Lord Snowdon

Photographers should not exploit their subjects. In the old days I did appalling gimmicky pictures but I've tried to become simpler. Now I wouldn't even mind taking a boring picture if it gave truthful information about a human being. - Lord Snowdon, Pictures on a page : photo-journalism, graphics and picture editing by Harold Evans , Page: 162
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A telephoto lens is all right for animals or sport but too intrusive for people who are unaware. If you want a close-up view you should move yourself if it is possible. The trouble is that so many photographers seem afraid to move in. - Lord Snowdon, Pictures on a page : photo-journalism, graphics and picture editing by Harold Evans , Page: 37
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I'm very much against photographs being framed and treated with reverence and signed and sold as works of art. They aren't. They should be seen in a magazine or a book and then be used to wrap up the fish and chucked away. - Lord Snowdon

I believe that photographs should be simple technically, and easy to look at. They shouldn’t be directed at other photographers; their point is to make ordinary people react – to laugh, or to see something they hadn’t taken in before, or to be touched. But not to wince, I think. One of the most glib things that anybody can do with a camera is to be cutting or sardonic. - Lord Snowdon - 1958 [cited in: Creative Camera September 1968, p. 297]

I am very much against treating photographs with reverence. The should appear in a newspaper, and then be used for wrapping up the fish and chips. - Lord Snowdon

I think it’s all absolute nonsense how people talk about photography as being an art. It’s a very menial career that you do if you draw badly. Now they teach it at the Royal College of Art and get grand about it. It’s the only course there that I don’t understand. - Lord Snowdon

I’m not a great one for chatting people up, because it’s phony. I don’t want people to feel at ease. You want a bit of edge. There are quite long, agonized silences. I love it. Something strange might happen. I mean, taking photographs is a very nasty thing to do. It’s very cruel. - Lord Snowdon

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