Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29 2014

A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. - Irving Penn

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 26 2014

I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them. At the same time, they are symbols. The people in my pictures aren't Mr. Jones or Mr. Smith or whatever; they're someone that crossed my path or I've crossed their path, and through the medium of photography I've been able to make a good picture of that encounter. They have a life of their own, but they are also are symbols. I would say that I respect the viewer, but I don't want to tell him everything. Hopefully, there's an element of mystery involved. I like him to look at a picture and say "Well, that that reminds me of someone," and make up a little story in his head, make him smile, brighten up his day. I think this is what I'm trying to achieve with my photographs. - Bruce Gilden

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17 2014

Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities. - Michael Kenna

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26 2014

You should be able to look at me and see my work. You should be able to look at my work and see me. - Roy DeCarava

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22 2014

Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. - Yousuf Karsh

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20 2014

Once a woman who does street work said to me, 'I've never photographed anyone I haven't asked first.' I said to her, 'Suppose Cartier-Bresson asked the man who jumped the puddle to do it again - it never would have been the same. Start stealing!' - Imogen Cunningham

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 5 2014

I don't believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out. - Sebastiao Salgado

Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31 2014

What is a good photograph? I cannot say. A photograph is tied to the time, what is good today may be a cliché tomorrow. The problem of the photographer is to discover his own language, a visual ABC. The picture represents the feelings and point of view of the intelligence behind the camera. This disease of our age is boredom and a good photographer must combat it. The way to do this is by invention – by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me. The best way to achieve surprise quality is by avoiding clichés. Imitation is the greatest danger of the young photographer. - Alexey Brodovitch

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24 2014

One of these days, I'm going to publish a book of all the pictures I did not take. It is going to be a huge hit. - René Burri

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22 2014

I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost--that is important. If they are art objects at the same time, that's fine with me. - Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18 2014

You've got to struggle against the pollution of intelligence in order to become an animal with very sharp instincts - a sort of intuitive medium - so that to photograph becomes a magical act, and slowly other more suggestive images begin to appear behind the visible image, for which the photographer cannot be held responsible. - Robert Doisneau

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12 2014

I knew from a very early age, that what I saw on tv had nothing to do with real life. So I wanted to make a record of real life. That included having a camera with me at all times. - Nan Goldin