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.
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.
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 destiny of photography has taken it far beyond the role to which it was originally thought to be limited: to give more accurate reports on reality (including works of art). photography is the reality; the real object is often experienced as a letdown.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
[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.
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.
There is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. That's what I'm trying to get down in photography.
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.
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze
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...
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