But, o, photography! as no art is,Faithful and disappointing! That recordsDull days as dull, and hold-it smiles as frauds,And will not censor blemishes,Like washing-lines, and Hall's-Distemper boards
What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a perfect right to say to the artist: "Paint me just as I am." Now if he wishes absolute fidelity he can go to the photographer and get it.aubrey beardsley
Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect on an audience can bear the colorless photography of a printed record.Life of Pitt (1891), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Only the bad artists of the nineteenth century were frightened by the invention of photography; the good ones all welcomed it and used it. Degas liked it not only because it provided an accurate record, but because the snapshot showed him a means of escape from the classical rules of design. Through it he learnt to make a composition without the use of formal symmetry.kenneth clark
Great photography comes about at the right time but it also needs the right cut that enhances that precise moment … photography must feed on both contents and form, if it gives up the one for the other it is not going to last.augusto de luca
The tradition of portrait painting, to embellish or idealize the subject, remains the aim of everyday and of commercial photography, but it has had a much more limited career in photography considered as art. Generally speaking, the honors have gone to the Cordelias.Susan Sontag
The purpose of photography is the transmission of a visualized sector of life through the medium of the camera into a mental process that starts with the photographer's thinking about the subject he photographs and is continued in the mind of the spectator.roman vishniac
Vishniac came back from his trips... with a collection of photographs that has become an important historical document, for it gives us a last minute look at the human beings he photographed just before the fury of the Nazi brutality exterminated them. Vishniac took with him on this self-imposed assignment... a rare depth of understanding and a native son's warmth and love for his people. ~ Edward Steichen, ex-director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, in the 1950s.roman vishniac
[His photography was a] guiding force for visual interpretation [of Schindler's List ].roman vishniac
My programme, The Art of Creative Expression, empowers young people with tools to express themselves. We teach photography, art and drama, but it's not just the medium that's important, it's about what you are trying to say.dawud wharnsby
In photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.David Bailey in interview in The Face December 1984
Great photography comes about at the right time but it also needs the right cut that enhances that precise moment …photography must feed on both contents and form, if it gives up the one for the other it is not going to last.Augusto De Luca, quoted in interview by Maria Caro for Ziguline webzine (12 April 2010)
There is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. That's what I'm trying to get down in photography.Alfred Stieglitz as cited in: M. Orvell (1989) The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940. p. 220
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Elliott Erwitt, in Jill Charlotte Stanford, Robin L. Corey You Might Be a Cowgirl If . . .: A Guide to Life on the Range, Globe Pequot, 4 September 2012, p.111
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.Tony Benn, in 99 Things to Do Between Here and Heaven, p.65
photography, because it stops the flow of life, is always flirting with death.John Peter Berger
photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.jean-luc godard
photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.David Armstrong, Theo Farrell, Bice Maiguashca, Governance and resistance in world politics, Cambridge University Press, 2003, p. 68.
That the outer man is a picture of the inner, and the face an expression and revelation of the whole character, is a presumption likely enough in itself, and therefore a safe one to go on; borne out as it is by the fact that people are always anxious to see anyone who has made himself famous .... photography ... offers the most complete satisfaction of our curiosity.Arthur Schopenhauer
photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing.Susan Sontag
photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.Henri Cartier-Bresson as cited in: Bruce Elder (1989) Image and identity: reflections on Canadian film and culture. p. 114
photography is a strong tool, a propaganda device, and a weapon for the defense of the environment... Photographs are believed more than words; thus they can be used persuasively to show people who have never taken the trouble to look what is there. They can point out beauties and relationships not previously believed or suspect to exist.Eliot Porter as cited in: Rebecca Solnit (2007) Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics. p. 235
photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle crazeAlfred Stieglitz (1887) in the American Annual of Photography 1897.
photography, if practiced with high seriousness, is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere...John Szarkowski (1973) Looking at photographs: 100 pictures from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). p. 192
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.ansel adams
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