You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
“There are two people in every photograph: the photographer and the viewer” .
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a significant crop.
Your first 10000 are your worst.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times… I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”
– Peter Lindbergh
“The important thing is not the camera but the eye.”
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms that give that event its proper expression.”
“Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing).”
“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.”
“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.”
“The word ‘art’ is very slippery. It really has no importance in relation to one’s work. I work for the pleasure, for the pleasure of the work, and everything else is a matter for the critics.”
-Manuel Alvarez Bravo
“People say photographs don’t lie, mine do.”
“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus”