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BILL JAY
Most of the problems inherent in American photography stem from exactly the same source that has provided so many assets – the acceptance of photography as fine art. - Bill Jay - [Bill Jay "A Manifesto for Art Photography" {excerpts of a lecture given by Bill Jay on July 3 [year unknown, probably 1976], at the Newport Art Gallery, Newport, Gwent (England), under the aegis of the Documentary Photography Course at Gwent College of Higher Education.}]

Photography in America is wide open in its possibilities, free in its potentials, heroic in its achievements and generous in its recognition and rewards to photographers. - Bill Jay - Bill Jay "A Manifesto for Art Photography" {excerpts of a lecture given by Bill Jay on July 3 [year unknown, probably 1976], at the Newport Art Gallery, Newport, Gwent (England), under the aegis of the Documentary Photography Course at Gwent College of Higher Education.}

The history of photography needs an inside-out approach rather than an outside-in view, To deduce teh spirit of the past, we must be willing to compile the hard facts. - Bill Jay - Black and White magazine.

Discussions allow photographers to shuffle their prejudices. - Bill Jay

True, there are photographers who are failed artists, but so are most artists. - Bill Jay

Exhibiting your own art-photographs is a form of psychic incest. - Bill Jay

I appreciate photographs which celebrate harmony. I don't particularly want to look at chaos. I see enough of that at home. - Bill Jay

I talk a lot about photography. It's cheap becuase my supply always exceeds demand. - Bill Jay

Ornithologists concluded that migratory birds take hundreds of naps as they fly; they also practice unilateral eye closure, in which one eye closes, thereby permitting half the brain to sleep.' Is this what happens when photographers close one eye to look through a viewfinder? If so, they might be operating with only half a brain. Perhaps that explains... - Bill Jay

..photographers who carry 60 pounds of equipment up a hill to photograph a view are not suffering enough, although their whining causes enough suffering among their listeners. No, if they really expect us to respect their search for enlightenment and artistic expression, in [the] future they will drag the equipment up the hill by their genitals and take the view with a tripod leg stuck through their foot. - Bill Jay

If you take pictures does that make you an art thief? - Bill Jay

Photographers have already photographed everything too many times, except cheese. - Bill Jay

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