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Ben Shahn Quotes

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In the South or in the mine country,
wherever you point the camera there is a picture.
- Ben Shahn

I still love to look at photographs but I couldn't do it myself anymore.
- Ben Shahn

I became interested in photography when I found my
own sketching was inadequate.
- Ben Shahn

I didn't care where my works were published.
- Ben Shahn

 

It's pretty hard to measure influence of written or visual material.
- Ben Shahn

Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited.
- Ben Shahn

Whatever I get involved in, I'm totally involved,
you see.
- Ben Shahn

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I was so impressed with the work we were doing and
I was very involved ideologically in photography -
that I arranged an exhibition at the College Art Association.
The first exhibition I picked the photographs and so
on and we had an exhibition in New York.
- Ben Shahn

It's a little bit like my inability to read a guide
book before I go anywhere.
I can read it after I've been there and by the same
logic I refuse to accept any technical stunts from anybody.
I refused to learn more than I knew and I confess I missed a great deal.
- Ben Shahn

I remember traveling around in Arkansas with Senator Robinson,
and I told him what this little trick was.
He felt very much part of it and had me take pictures
of people unbeknownst to them.
- Ben Shahn

Roy was just another bureaucrat to me,
but I realized very soon that without Roy this thing would have died.
- Ben Shahn

When you talk about war on poverty it doesn't mean very much;
but if you can show to some degree this sort of thing
then you can show a great deal more of how people are
living and a very great percentage of our people today.
- Ben Shahn

Of course I realize that photography is not the technical
facility as much as it is the eye,
and this decision that one makes for the moment at
which you are going to snap,
you know.
- Ben Shahn

Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along,
and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people.
I couldn't get interested in it.
And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture.
- Ben Shahn

I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more
control over my own medium than I did over photography.
- Ben Shahn

Now, when I came on to Washington to begin my job,
I was so interested in photography at that time that
I really would have preferred to work with Stryker than with my department,
which was more artistic if you wish.
- Ben Shahn

I confess that Roy was a little bit dictatorial in
his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures,
which he stopped doing later.
He used to punch a hole through a negative.
Some of them were incredibly valuable.
He didn't understand at the time.
- Ben Shahn

I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've
had with my work and it's impossible to say,
you know.
- Ben Shahn

I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all,
I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills.
I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals,
propaganda in general, you know.
- Ben Shahn

I was primarily interested in people,
and people in action, so that I did nothing photographically
in the sense of doing buildings for their own sake
or a still life or anything like that.
- Ben Shahn

I did take my camera along, as I felt there wouldn't
be enough time to draw the things I wanted to do.
I did some drawing and did a lot of photography but
I was not part of Stryker's outfit at all.
- Ben Shahn

An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside
jobs which enable him to paint.
A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.
- Ben Shahn

When a man returned from the field and we'd look at the work,
we'd criticize each other very genuinely and never offensively.
And we would avoid all tricks, angle shots were just horrible to us.
- Ben Shahn

So, I was offered this job to come down there but first
it was suggested that I take a trip around the country
in the areas in which we worked to see what it's all about,
and I tell you that was a revelation to me.
- Ben Shahn

The time when I had desire to go to the United States I didn't have a penny.
It was in the middle of the depression,
you know.
I couldn't get as far as Hoboken at that time.
- Ben Shahn

In '38, this time I did a job for Mr. Stryker.
I went on his payroll at about half the salary I was getting before,
to cover what he called Harvest in Ohio.
- Ben Shahn

I felt very strongly the whole social impact of that depression,
you know, and I felt very strongly about the efforts
that this Resettlement Administration was trying to accomplish;
resettling people,
helping them, and so on.
- Ben Shahn

A friend is someone who won't stop
until he finds you and brings you home.
- Fraser Sr. in the movie Due South

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa,
there are also roads that lead to their goal.
Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
- Nelson Mandela

I'm kinda disapointed that Canada isn't like the South Park movie said it was.
- Joel Madden

I was there during the first elections in South Africa.
I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.
- Al Sharpton

If America would withdraw from South Korea,
there could be a power struggle between such as China and Japan.
- Kim Dae Jung

A group of white South Africans recently killed a black
lawyer because he was black.
That was wrong.
They should have killed him because he was a lawyer.
- A. Whitney Brown

Down in the south, it's how we find the brownfield
sites without taking too much land take to meet the
tremendous demand for housing,
and that's what I've done.
- John Prescott

Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history,
on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary,
and on the west by tedium.
- Philip Guedalla

In the States, it takes you a lifetime just to get
from Chicago's South Side to the West Side.
- Luther Allison

My son loves the Hotel du Cap, in the south of France.
- Diane von Furstenberg

But then again in the East Coast, I think,
Tupac, inspired everybody on the East Coast,
everybody down south, everybody in the West Coast you know what sayin'.
- Bubba Sparxxx

So such an American troops presence in Korea in the South and Japan,
total some 100,000 should stay there forever,
even after unification of Korean peninsula.
- Kim Dae Jung

I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa
or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies,
but I can start with me.
- River Phoenix

I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota
dust storm than in seven years at the university.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx,
went to public school, got out of public college,
went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.
- Colin Powell

This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these
African states could begin to attack South Africa.
- Helen Suzman

A number of Americans were used, most often unwillingly,
by North Korea to arm spies with English-speaking skills
so they could target American interests in South Korea and beyond.
- Robert Jenkins

South Africa has all the tools to compete in the new global village -
an eager workforce,
ready to take on any challenge.
- Tom Peters

I have heard something said about allegiance to the South.
I know no South, no North, no East, no West,
to which I owe any allegiance.
- Henry Clay

I think things like food, the food of the south is
sort of the common tie that binds us all,
Black and White, the sense memories.
It's a very particular part of the country.
- Sela Ward

The heart of the People, North and South,
is for the Union.
- Edward Everett

It was exactly the same on the South Park movie really too.
There's lots of violence in that too,
but it always came down to anything sexual...
They don't care about anything else.
- Trey Parker

I have recently started acting lessons in south France,
and I intend to commence acting lessons at Rada.
- David Ginola

In those days, man, in the '50s, black people in the South...
We didn't recognize contracts that much.
And we didn't recognize marriages that much,
either.
- Ike Turner

I don't think the current regime of South Korea will
deal actively with the issue of North Korean defectors.
- Kim Y. Sam

Who knows but that England may revive in New South
Wales when it has sunk in Europe.
- Joseph Banks

I grew up playing in an alley on the south side of Milwaukee.
- Jane Kaczmarek

President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden.
He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.
- William Westmoreland

In a colony constituted like that of New South Wales,
the proportion of crime must of course be great.
- Charles Sturt

My partner and I are looking at several locations on
Park Avenue South and Midtown for a new restaurant space.
- Bobby Flay

If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues,
it wouldn't be worth publishing.
- Alan Paton

No exile at the South Pole or on the summit of Mont
Blanc separates us more effectively from others than
the practice of a hidden vice.
- Marcel Proust

Mullets are still going strong in the south and places
like St Louis or the Carolinas.
- Trevor Dunn

Believing that no one is better than the other.
You know I grew up in the South.
My senior year there was a very big racial tension.
- Herschel Walker

South Africa had a long record of studies in prehistory,
going back to the end of the last century.
- Louis Leakey

The last state to admit a black student to the college
level was South Carolina.
- Constance Baker Motley

I grew up in the segregated South, right here in Lynchburg,
Virginia.
- Jerry Falwell

Overall relations between the North and the South have
developed in favor of national reconciliation,
unity and reunification.
- Kim Jong Il

First and foremost - our vision for a united and peaceful
Georgia is based on respect for the desire -
and respect for the right -
to South Ossetian autonomy.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

Now my eyes are turned from the South to the North,
and I want to lead one more Expedition.
This will be the last...
to the North Pole.
- Ernest Shackleton

Downtown, one has less time.
But there are in Europe much people who have the faith,
in South America, too.
- Yannick Noah

There is a huge antipathy in England between the north and the south,
the working class and the owning class.
- Martin C. Smith

I engaged upon those activities because I believed that,
in the dangerous circumstances which have been created in South Africa,
it was my duty to do so.
- Bram Fischer

I'm over there filming in South Africa now,
and two in five are HIV-positive now.
Not many people know that.
- Bruce Davison


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