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BRETT WESTON
[b. 1911 - 1993] American photographer
People are under the illusion that it's easy...Technically, it is complex. You have a million options with equipment to distract you. I tell my students to simplify their equipment. - Brett Weston

The camera for an artist is just another tool. It is no more mechanical than a violin if you analyze it. Beyond the rudiments, it is up to the artist to create art, not the camera. - Brett Weston

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
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Photography is 90% sheer, brutal drudgery! The other 10% is inspiration!! - Brett Weston

Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic. - Brett Weston - Attributed to Brett Weston referring to working with a 10 x 8 view camera. In an interview with David Graham in July 1989 View Camera magazine.

Why don’t you put that old print on the floor and I’ll step on it for you and make it even more vintage. - Brett Weston - to Scott Nichols

My present work. You move ahead. You don't rest on your laurels. - Brett Weston - On the question: " “What years do you consider your best work."

I love appreciation and an audience, we all do, but I don’t photograph for anybody but myself. In general mass audiences are tasteless, and I’d rather have an audience of say a thousand people who really love and understand and appreciate my work than 10 million. - Brett Weston - As quoted in Pitnick, R. (Jan. 8, 1998). “The Masterful and Messy Legacy of Brett Weston.”

Nature is a great artist, the greatest. I've seen rocks and forms that put Matisse, Picasso, and Brancusi to shame. You can't beat Mother Nature. - Brett Weston - The Creative Photographer : A Complete Guide to Photography by John Ingledew

It (Photography) can record beauty precisely in a split second. A painter can't do this, a writer can't do this, a sculptor can't do this. - Brett Weston

I would rather hare an audience of say a thousand people who really love my work than ten million. - Brett Weston

My basic drive is to create, not to be famous. - Brett Weston

An artist has to have a strong ego. He has to be enamored of his work. His art has to be the most important thing in his life. - Brett Weston

You’re trying to pin me down. I’m not a verbal person. Look at my work and decide for yourself. It’s hard to put it into words. - Brett Weston

I don’t photograph for other people. I love an audience, mind you. Once I’ve got them there, then I love an audience. Not a big audience, though. I’d rather please ten people I respect than ten million I don’t. But I don’t play to an audience, I do it for myself. - Brett Weston

My work is my language and I don’t discuss it very easily. It’s difficult for me to verbalize my feelings, or to intellectualize my work. In fact, it used to annoy me when Ansel Adams and Paul Strand yak-yak-yakked about what photography meant, and I told them so. - Brett Weston

Of course, we were not promoters, we Westons, let’s face it. Dad had only $300 in the bank at the end, that’s all he had. - Brett Weston

I use various types of cameras and photograph anything, anytime. It could be something modern or an ancient rock, it doesn’t matter. But, unless a landscape is invested with a sense of mystery, it is no better than a postcard. - Brett Weston

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