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I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.
However spontaneous I hope a photograph will look, I always put a lot of thought into how I can make it happen. The very best pictures are the most relaxed, so a lot of fussing around technically can completely break the spell, and everyone freezes up with nerves.
One of my challenges was to try to photograph the Great Wall of China. And I did actually take some photos, but it was hard to discern the wall with the naked eye.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
I think the first photograph I did was a ballplayer. It was a way of showing action or something.
I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.
They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.
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.
The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.
I think way back, the '20s or the '30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a list of instructions on the box, like how to use this thing, I think someone arbitrarily said, 'Make sure the person in the photograph is smiling.' And we went from that one sort of set of industrial instructions to this whole culture of perkiness.
Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions.
A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
I made a photograph of a garden in Kyoto, the Zen garden, which is a rectangle. But a photograph taken from any one point will not show, well it shows a rectangle, but not with ninety degree angles.
A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
Wherever there is light, one can photograph.
Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.
My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.
I like to be fascinated by the people I photograph. Sometimes I don't admire them but I'm interested in them.
Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.
To photograph is to confer importance.
I fight to take a good photograph every single time.
It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph - only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.
If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn't last very long. I can't go to a museum - I'll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of... it's sort of like a domino effect.
I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It's kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It's a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
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