Quotations on photography

Knowledge is an island surrounded by a see of mystery.

(Chet Raymo)

Aesthetics is for the artists as ornithology is for the birds.

(Barnett Newman)

You don't take a picture. You ask quietly and humbly to borrow it.


Subhash: „Positioning #711” (Cyanotype)

Subhash: „Positioning #711” (Cyanotype); see also here

Talent is more important than technology.

(Andreas Feininger)

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

(Anaïs Nin)

Photography is the only language that can be misunderstood all around the world.


I photograph to see what things look like photographed.

(Garry Winogrand)

An artist is a choreographer of reality, constantly shifting bounderies…

(Piero Golia)

A technically perfect photograph can be the world's most boring picture.

(Andreas Feininger)

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.

(Marc Riboud)

The bells and stones have voices but, unless they are struck, they will not sound.

(Dschuang Dsï)

Light to me is maybe the most profund truth of the universe.

(Wynn Bullock)

We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.

(Beaumont Newhall)

I am not interested in shooting new things— I am interested to see things new.

(Ernst Haas)

The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me.

(André Kertész)

Leave the door open for the unknown,[…] That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from,[…]

(Rebecca Solnit)

There is no such thing as progress or improvement in art. There is art or no art. There is nothing inbetween.

(Alfred Stieglitz)

The mechanical device has no other meaning for the photographer as perhaps the brush for the painter.

(Heinrich Kühn)

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant…

(Dorothea Lange)

My pictures are never pre-visualized or planned. I feel strongly that pictures must come from contact with things…

(Wynn Bullock)

If you dont’t feel it, you won’t get it…


When I try to stick with a concept or preconceived idea it becomes rigid and forced.

(Karen Divine)

Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived.

(Wynn Bullock)

All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.

(Lew Nikolajewitsch Tolstoi)

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.

(Susan Sontag)

Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.

(Robert Irwin)

If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.

(Jay Maisel)

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