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EMILE ZOLA
[1840 – 1902] French writer and amateur photographer
In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it. - Emile Zola

A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament. - Emile Zola - in his Salon of 1866 "Art is nature seen through temperament. Without observation, our art becomes a travesty of Nature." – slightly altered Zola’s phrase by H. Snowden Ward [cited in: "Pictorial Photography in Britain 1900 – 1920", exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain in association with The Royal Photographic Society, London 1978, p. 13]

The artist is nothing without gift, but the gift is nothing without work. - Emile Zola

I am an artist. I am here to live out loud. - Emile Zola

In my opinion you cannot say you have thoroughly seen anything until you have got a photograph of it, revealing a lot of points which otherwise would be unnoticed, and which in most cases could not be distinguished. - Emile Zola - in Photo-Miniature no. 21 (December 1900) Cited in "The History of Photography" by Beaumont Newhall, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1964, p. 94.

The word realist means nothing to me because I would subordinate reality to temperament. Give me what is true and I applaud; but give me what is individual and alive and I applaud even more. - Emile Zola

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