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Famous Photography Quotes: Capturing Reality
Photos are frozen moments of real life. But what's the appeal behind 'grabbing' these moments? How real are they anway? Is a photograph that shows precisely how something was in one single moment more limited than other art, which (arguably) has the ability to be ambiguous and make wider reference? I've found some interesting quotes on this whole subject.
- The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality. Henri Cartier-Bresson
- A photograph is not an accident - it is a concept. Ansel Adams
- Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood. Susan Sontag
- It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. Bill Brandt
- There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams
- The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. Henri Cartier-Bresson
- ...to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude. Susan Sontag
- The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. Susan Sontag
- Photography is nothing--it's life that interests me. Henri Cartier-Bresson
- I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck
- I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself. Francis Bacon
- I trust pictures, but no pictures made in my world - because I know what goes on. Naomi Campbell
- By furnishing this already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is. Susan Sontag
- We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. Ludwig Wittgenstein
- To photograph a thing is to appropriate the thing photographed. Susan Sontag
- Of all forms of expression, photography is the only one which seizes the instant in its flight. Henri Cartier-Bresson
- 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. Ansel Adams
- Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships! Ansel Adams
- Memory demands an image. Bertrand Arthur William Russell
- 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. Henri Cartier Bresson
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