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Andre Kertesz Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Andre Kertesz.

The camera is my tool.
Through it I give a reason to everything around me.
- Andre Kertesz

Everything is a subject.
Every subject has a rhythm.
To feel it is the raison detre.
The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison detre,
which lives on in itself.
- Andre Kertesz

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

 

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

I was in the movies.
I danced, I sang, I learned to work in front of a camera.
It was like being in a repertory company.
- Robert Wagner

I learned quickly at Columbia that the only eye that
mattered was the one on the camera.
- Gene Tierney

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No matter how many helicopters there are,
when it comes down to it there is the camera and you.
- Jacqueline McKenzie

I know every actor says this, but the people behind the camera are great.
They always have answers.
- Joel Gretsch

Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or
other band members or a camera.
I can just sit in a room and write songs.
- Rick Springfield

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that
young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera
and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
- Stanley Kubrick

I also know what looks good before the camera,
how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
- Taylor Hackford

Being an anchor is not just a matter of sitting in
front of a camera and looking pretty.
- David Brinkley

So the thing that's beautiful about the Rolleiflex
is that I open the camera up from the top and put my
face in and that the camera's all about composition and all about light.
- Matthew Modine

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party.
Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things.
They become professional observers.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand.
- Princess Anne

My wife Mariana is a good photographer too and,
like me, she just picks up a camera and takes a picture when she sees something,
rather than looking too deeply into it.
- Graeme Le Saux

When you are younger, the camera is like a friend and
you can go places and feel like you're with someone,
like you have a companion.
- Annie Leibovitz

People who are good at film have a relationship with the camera.
- Fiona Shaw

I need to borrow a camera to take some pix of my studio,
which is basically the kitchen table.
- Francesca da Rimini

I think one day I want to be on the other side of the camera-maybe directing.
- Mary-Kate Olsen

If it's stage, the two most important artists are the
actor and the playwright.
If it's film, THE most important person is the director.
The director says where the camera goes.
- Brad Dourif

The older you get, the farther from the camera you need to be.
- Heather Locklear

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush
on watching you from afar -
you pretend it's not there.
- Daryl Hannah

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same;
the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind.
- Theodore Robinson

At least when you're acting you can be someone.
In front of the camera you have to be yourself.
And who am I?
- Stephen Rea

When I have sex with someone I forget who I am.
For a minute I even forget I'm human.
It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera.
I forget I exist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

When I'm about ready to press the cable release on the View camera,
I've tried to anticipate some of the challenges I'm
going to encounter in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

Look and think before opening the shutter.
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
- Yousuf Karsh

The thrill of being in front of a camera remains exactly the same.
- Julie Andrews

I would love to work with Adam Sandler.
Because then all I'd have to do is just turn the camera on and off.
- David Zucker

In silent movies, they tended to put the camera down,
and everybody walked in front of it and acted,
and then they all walked off.
Cutting was quite infrequent.
- Bruce Beresford

Any nude is a something you setup in front of the camera.
- Kim Weston

I bought my first camera in Seattle,
Washington.
Only paid about seven dollars and fifty cents for it.
- Gordon Parks

We did very little improvisation on camera,
and once in a while we did.
- Peter Tork

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the
photography in Star Wars.
He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that
I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.
- John Dykstra

In motion pictures, the actor rules.
The camera served the actor.
- Richard Donner

I know I have the ability to do so much more than just
stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.
- Jennie Garth

Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera
will all but take you by the hand.
- Margaret Bourke-White

Terri and her mother arrived.
She was obviously a dedicated stage mother because
she was loaded down with camera equipment,
looking like a Japanese tourist.
- Audrey Meadows

You can be in an acting class all you want,
but you don't fully learn until you get off that stage
and in front of a camera.
- Nicholas Lea

When you grow up on camera and in the public eye,
you feel you have to put forth this image.
I just took that to the extreme and there was a lot of pressure on me.
- Shannon Miller

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
- Dorthea Lange

Nothing could be recorded in those days except by aiming
a movie camera at the television screen.
It was at least another 10 years before they had any
kind of recording medium.
- Nigel Kneale

Although I was entirely relaxed on camera,
if I had to stand up and say something to an assembled group of people,
I was rendered all but inarticulate.
- Jessica Savitch

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory.
It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us.
Yet no other god has been so cynical,
for the camera records in order to forget.
- John Berger

There are certain men and women who,
from the minute they step in front of a camera,
that's exactly where they belong.
Connery's one.
- F. Murray Abraham

Some people are directors and I think they should stay behind the camera.
- Matthew Vaughn

Off camera, I am not so quiet, I have a fun time,
relaxed.
- LaToya London

From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends.
It loves me, and I love it.
- Whitney Houston

I like the smell of film.
I just like knowing there's film going through the camera.
- Steven Spielberg

Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live
grenade in the hands of a child.
- Norman Mailer

The idea of working with Steven Spielberg was very attractive.
He's such a master.
He knows the language of the camera and of filmmaking,
which gives him a great freedom.
- Max von Sydow

Wanting to take a light camera with me when I climb
or do mountain runs has kept me using exclusively 35 mm.
- Galen Rowell

Motion-picture studio floors used to be all wooden and not smooth at all.
This was difficult when moving a camera around on a dolly.
- Desi Arnaz

The reward is that you can actually create a world
separate from reality with a story,
actors, music, and camera design.
When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.
- Colleen Atwood

You play a part, and as soon as a movie is over and the camera stops,
you go home and you're not really responsible for what you've done.
- Nastassja Kinski

Kevin Costner has feathers in his hair and feathers in his head.
The Indians should have called him 'Plays with Camera.'
- Pauline Kael

You know why I don't like that camera? Because it prevents me from seeing you!
- Arthur Cohn

Comic timing...
is how to have a relationship with the camera and deal
with the camera without looking like you are.
- Colleen Haskell

The camera does not like acting.
The camera is only interested in filming behaviour.
So you damn well learn your lines until you know them inside out,
while standing on your head!
- Ben Kingsley

I like doing as many special effects in camera,
as much as possible.
- Matthew Vaughn

Everywhere you go you hear things that are untrue.
You've just got to learn that if I don't say it,
physically out of my mouth, on camera,
it's not true.
- Selena Gomez

A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork,
it's an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.
- Karel Reisz

Rabid fans were literally jumping into the camera.
- Penelope Spheeris

I confess it, I love the camera.
When it's not on me, I'm not quite alive.
- Genevieve Bujold

When you're modeling you're actually acting for the
camera and the photographer.
It's more fun, too because there are no lines to memorize.
- Cindy Margolis

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting -
and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
- Nigel Dennis

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality,
and eventually in one's own.
- Susan Sontag

I'm shooting a pilot based on my show.
It's a one-camera show.
I play myself.
- Dane Cook

I really love sort of classical cinema where people
were telling stories with very little dialogue,
and people were using the camera in a really interesting way.
- Alex Winter


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