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Famous Quotes About The Artistic Merits of Photography
If you're used to hearing long-winded, unedifying spiels on the subject of photography's artistic credentials from bloggers (like me!), the pithy statements below will be a good tonic. They are short, interesting, thoughful and spoken by people who actually have a license to make big statements!
- It does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart. John Steinbeck
- The camera, you know, will never capture you. Photography, in my experience, has the miraculous power of transferring wine into water. Oscar Wilde
- 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. Ansel Adams
- Photographers feel guilty that all they do for a living is press a button. Andy Warhol
- Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. Ansel Adams
- I paint when I cannot photograph. Man Ray
- I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. Pablo Picasso
- In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression. Pablo Picasso
- Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art. Man Ray
- If it is practiced by a man of taste, the photograph will have the appearance of art (but) the photographer must... intervene as little as possible, so as not...to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses. Henri Matisse
- In the same spirit, when the automobile arrived, there were those that declared the horse to be the most perfect form of locomotion. Man Ray
- As industrialization provided social uses for the operations of the photographer, so the reaction against these uses reinforced the self-consciousness of photography-as-art. Susan Sontag
- Two of the most frustrated trades are dentists and photographers - dentists because they want to be doctors, and photographers because they want to be painters. Pablo Picasso
- I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams
- I thought I made a mistake once but it turned out it was a creative moment. Scott Fleming
- Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Susan Sontag
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