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Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
My pictures are my eyes. I photograph what I see - and what I want to see.
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture.
If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day.
Photographers usually want to photograph facts and things. But I'm interested in the nature of the thing itself. A photograph of someone sleeping tells me nothing about their dream state; a photograph of a corpse tells me nothing about the nature of death. My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient.
My room is dominated by the huge painting, which is a copy of 'The Violation' by the Belgian surrealist Paul Delvaux. The original was destroyed during the Blitz in 1940, and I commissioned an artist I know, Brigid Marlin, to make a copy from a photograph. I never stop looking at this painting and its mysterious and beautiful women.
J. G. Ballard
I'm much more about the emotion that a photograph provokes out of you and less about how technically brilliant it is.
'Changes in Latitudes' began when I was looking at a photograph of a sea turtle swimming underwater. I had such a strong feeling for the beauty of this ancient creature, at home in the sea. On the spot, I wanted to swim with that turtle. I began to imagine a character who would do just that.
Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.
There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well.
Mary Ellen Mark
No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience.
J. Carter Brown
You open a section of 'The New York Times,' and there's a review or a story on a choreographer or a dancer, and there's an informative, clear image of a dancer. This is, in my view, not an interesting photograph.
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
W. Eugene Smith
A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks.
The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion.
While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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