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Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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Photographers never have much incentive to show the world as it is.
~ William Leith

 

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Photography suits the temper of this age -- of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.
~ Edward Weston

 

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Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.
~ Eliot Porter

 

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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

 

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The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.
~ Dirk Bogarde

 

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The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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The camera has an interest in turning history into spectacle, but none in reversing the process. At best, the picture leaves a vague blur in the observer's mind; strong enough to send him into battle perhaps, but not to have him understand why he is going.
~ Denis Donoghue

 

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The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
~ Walter Benjamin

 

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The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and priced open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again.
~ Peter Conrad

 

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The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
~ Dorothea Lange

 

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The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
~ John Berger

 

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The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.
~ Terence Donovan

 

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The most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera -- and himself.
~ Daniel J. Boorstin

 

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The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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The photographic image... is a message without a code.
~ Roland Barthes

 

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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.
~ Brooks Atkinson

 

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Too many photographers try too hard. They try to lift photography into the realm of Art, because they have an inferiority complex about their Craft. You and I would see more interesting photography if they would stop worrying, and instead, apply horse-sense to the problem of recording the look and feel of their own era.
~ Jessie Tarbox Beals

 

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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.
~ John Berger

 

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We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. This need not have been so. We could easily imagine people who did not have this relation to such pictures. Who, for example, would be repelled by photographs, because a face without color and even perhaps a face in reduced proportions struck them as inhuman.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

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