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RONDAL PARTRIDGE
[1917 – 2015] American photographer
I have an abiding faith in the fact that time will change the value of photographs. What you see today may be so familiar to everyone that they don’t immediately appreciate or value it. - Rondal Partridge

Ansel [Adams] always jumped over the fence to photograph, walked past the garbage. He always looked to get an immaculate view, and I spent my life stepping back to include the garbage in my photographic view. - Rondal Partridge

So many people are diverted to doing what people want photographed—fashion models, buildings, mountains—they get to thinking those photographs are good. - Rondal Partridge

You have to bring to the photograph a prejudice about something, and I’m prejudiced against farmers who tie dead animals on fences. Therefore, I can make a meaningful photograph. - Rondal Partridge

You know, you have to be an optimist, a pessimist, sarcastic and pleasant all at the same time to be a photographer. - Rondal Partridge

Photography is a life of learning. That’s all I want from photography. I don’t want the money. I don’t need the fame. I don’t need the admiration. I’d like all of those things, but I don’t need them. Because what I get from photographing is learning. I have spent my life learning by looking through a lens. - Rondal Partridge

I never think of myself as an artist. I think of myself as making a point. - Rondal Partridge

Edward [Weston] was the first artist—and I don’t use the word lightly—to make a living doing art photography. Other photographers did commercial work, or worked for the government. - Rondal Partridge

I don’t know what I’m looking for until it comes up and bites me on the butt. Suddenly I see it, and then I take a photo. - Rondal Partridge

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