Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.
The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.
We try to grab pieces of our lives as they speed past us. Photographs freeze those pieces and help us remember how we were. We don’t know these lost people but if you look around, you’ll find someone just like them.
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
Maybe because it’s entirely an artist’s eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.
You know what a camera is? A mirror with memory.
Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.
No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want.
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited and the wealth and confusion man has created.
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
I love the medium of photography, for with its unique realism it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, “This is real, too.”
No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.
Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people – to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph.
Where there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us ro see.
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
Photography is truth. And cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
I shutter to think how many people are underexposed and lacking depth in this field.”
the most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads—as an anthology of images.”
Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.”
Notebook. No photographer should be without one!”
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.”
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
People think that all cameramen do is point the camera at things, but it’s a heck of a lot more complicated than that!”
Just as a fisherman cannot catch fish unless his line is in the water, a wildlife photographer cannot shoot great wildlife images unless he or she is out there with camera in hand and the knowledge of what to do then the ‘magnificent moment’ occurs.”
Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.”
Photography concentrates one’s eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can’t catch that even with the sharpest lens.”
-Pablo Picasso “…everything looks worse in black and white.”
“When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.”
The question is not what you look at but what you see!”