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50 Great quotes by 50 Great photographers

‘There is nothing worse that brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.’

Ansel Adams

‘I wish I knew what was expected of me… I have a fine incipient case of split personality.’

Dickey Chapelle

‘My advise to all other new street photographers is to try different things; don’t get stuck in the “one way” to do street photography.’

Hector Isaac

Photo by Hector Isaac

‘I can nearly always see a photo before I make it.’

Mario Giacomelli

‘I have always questioned everything education, the obligation to memorize, authority.’

Pedro Meyer

‘I can’t see my story being told by someone else.’

Petra Collins

Photos by Petra Collins

‘When taking on a project, I need to know why I take it on. What you put out, you attract, I refuse (or keep very quiet about) projects where I don’t feel the match. Hey, as soon as there’s money it’s politics, compromises to be made. I don’t yet know what my advice on this is. Don’t let them pay you.’

David Uzochukwu

‘I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word.’

David LaChapelle

‘As a girl, I never identified with anyone in the pages of magazines.’

Nadine Ijewere

‘I’m more interested in being good than famous.’

Photo by Nadine Ijewere

Annie Leibovitz

‘I put my own photography on the back burner because I decided to focus on finding and documenting.’

Deborah Willis

‘I  was taking pictures that stripped away the artifice of visual convention. I wanted a more immediate experience.’

Stephen Shore

Photo by Stephen Shore

‘During a project, I belong to a whole other world. ’

Isabel Corthier

‘I don’t think you have a complete detachment but the camera affords you a visible barrier, and that can buffer the emotion a little bit.’

Jillian Edelstein

‘What is most important to me is really the human factor, the individual as a human being.’

Héla Ammar

Photo by Hela Ammar

‘A good photograph is like a good hound dog, dumb but eloquent.’

Eugène Atget

‘While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph.’

Lewis Hine

‘Photography is …not a better profession for a woman than for a man, it is simply a profession.’

Imogen Cunningham

Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham

‘The camera is my tool. Through it I try to give a reason to everything that happens around me.’

Andre Kertész

‘Shoot from the gut’

Lisette Model

‘A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.’

Dorothea Lange

Photo by Dorothea Lange

‘I cannot say that I work, exactly. It is part of my life to take photographs, to develop.’

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

‘We are most of us too busy…too obsessed with ideas, to stand and stare.’

Bill Brandt

‘The whole dynamic world of industry lay before me.’

Margaret Bourke-White

Photo by Margaret Bourke

‘The personality of the photographer…is really more important than his technical genius.’

Lee Miller

‘Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.

Helen Levitt

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs.’

Gordon Parks

Muhammad Ali by Gordon Parks

‘People - their well-being and survival - are the crux of what’s important to me.’

Roy DeCarava

‘The war correspondent has his stake - his life - in his hands.’

Robert Capa

‘A photograph should have at least clarity’

Sunil Janah

Photo by Sunil Janah

‘All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.’

Richard Avedon

‘It was a myth that the sky was blue and that all photographs were beautiful.’

Robert Frank

‘A photograph can look any way.’

Garry Winogrand

Photo by Garry Winogrand

‘To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a mirror or window of self-expression.’

Eikoh Hosoe

‘If you want a picture, you get that picture, under all circumstances.’

Peter Magubane

‘In Short, (photography) is a matter of turning loneliness into thoughts.’

Shomei Tomatsu

Beer Bottle After the Atomic Bomb Explosion by Shomei Tomatsu

‘Storytelling is fundamental to my work.’

Carrie Mae Weems

‘The only way I could show both the good and the bad was in an essay.’

Santu Mofokeng

‘I am never interested in the individual, but in the human species and it’s environment.’

Andreas Gursky

99 cents by Andreas Gursky

‘Documentary photography less concerned with aesthetic requirements…than with the significance of what is represented.’

August Sander

‘The material of the artist lies not within himself…but in the world around him.’

Paul Strand

 “The technique of photography is simple, but what made the difference is that I knew how to find  the right position, I was never wrong. The face slightly turned, the look really important, the location of the hands … I was able to embellish someone. At the end, the picture was very beautiful. That’s why I say it’s Art.”

Seydou Keïta

‘I wanted to combine Science and photography in a sensible, unemotional way.’

Berenice Abbott

‘Death’s presence is felt by every individual throughout their lifetime.’

Yannis Davy Guibinga

‘Photography is still instinctual, but I am more disciplined now. I am trying to make every frame count, just as in Tai Chi.’

Chien-Chi Chang

Photo by Chien-Chi Chang

‘I only carry things that are needed - my cameras, film, and a spare pair of glasses.’

Josef Koudelka

‘Photographs are fossils of light and memory, and photographs are the history of memory.’

Daido Moriyama

‘I am at war with the obvious.’

William Eggleston

‘You are a voyeur - you’re stealing something from people. And you have to live with it.’

Mary Ellen Mark

‘Three hundred years of white supremacy in South Africa has placed us in a bondage.’

Ernest Cole

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