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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
A good photographer can make you look incredible, even when you're not feeling very sexy.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it.
Billions of photos are shot every year, and about the toughest thing a photographer can do is invent an original, deeply personal, instantly recognizable visual style. In the early nineties, Wolfgang Tillmans did just that, transforming himself into a new kind of artist-photographer of modern life.
I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer.
Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.
I'm not a photographer, so I didn't get into F-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff. But I was interested in the camera and the lenses. That's the world that I'm moving in, in terms of acting and giving a performance.
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes.
I never set out to be a photographer.
The reason I did fashion was it was the only way to get paid to do anything creative. You couldn't support yourself as an 'artist' - I hate that word. The only way you could be 'arty' was as a fashion photographer, because it still had a certain amount of integrity involved.
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.
I've worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years, and we have this magnificent photographer, Tad Motoyama. He takes these wonderful, wonderful animal pictures. All through the years he's given me copies of these pictures. Well, I have all these gorgeous ones, so I said, 'Tad, I want to do a book with your picture on one side.'
I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.
There are so many things I want to do. Like, I want to get an artist, a musician, a photographer, and a bunch of dancers that I know and just travel across Africa and just film it and just see what happens. Do and learn as much as I possibly can. Luckily, I have a lot more time.
I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.
I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life.
When people ask how have I kept on top, I have to say with the help of every photographer, make-up artist and hairdresser I've ever worked with.
It's really, really hard to make it as a fine-art photographer exclusively.
I don't want to be known as the guy who always takes his shirt off... I've done a lot of photo shoots lately for the press coming up with 'Immortals' and 'Breaking Dawn,' and every photographer wants to get the topless shot. We've really had to be choosy and not do that for every magazine. I've actually been trying to keep my clothes on more.
A completely disrespectful photographer was asked to stop taking photographs, and then said, 'I've got what I want. What are you going to do about it?' How would you feel if somebody walked up and started taking your photograph? I don't think you'd be very happy.
It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.
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