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Berenice Abbott Quotes

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The camera is no more an instrument of preservation,
the image is.
- Berenice Abbott

Photography helps people to see.
- Berenice Abbott

I didn't decide to be a photographer;
I just happened to fall into it.
- Berenice Abbott

Photography can only represent the present.
Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
- Berenice Abbott

 

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are,
whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball.
In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott

There are many teachers who could ruin you.
Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher.
You have to evolve on your own.
- Berenice Abbott

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build,
to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon,
to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach,
it sings a song of life - not death.
- Berenice Abbott

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Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium.
It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.
- Berenice Abbott

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

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

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

When I watch a film I get swept away.
I don't really watch the camera.
- William H. Macy

For some reason, it popped into my head the notion
that a lot of the Next Generation cast in the long
run of that show managed to step behind the camera.
- Michael Shanks

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

I admire a person who, for the love of art,
is able to take off their clothes in front of a camera.
But I'm not capable, I'm too cowardly for that.
- Shakira

It's the first film that I made where the director
was not present under the camera,
and it threw me.
- Leslie Caron

For an actress there is no greater gift than having
a camera in front of you,
listening to the most beautiful music in the world
and just being looked at!
- Isabelle Huppert

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

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

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

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

My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying
to photograph what is essentially invisible.
And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture.
- Leonard Nimoy

With the fight scenes, they would take a video camera
and shoot alongside the camera so we would piece it
together on the computer and had an extremely rough
cut of what we were doing.
- Kelly Hu

What woman wants a camera following around her naked butt?
- Charlotte Ross

Your camera is the best critic there is.
Critics never see as much as the camera does.
It is more perceptive than the human eye.
- Douglas Sirk

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

I spent every day just praying that I didn't look like a big dork on camera.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

If I could live my life all over I'd do everything the same;
the film in my camera would remain the same;
there's no way lord,
to leave this love behind.
- Al Green

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

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search,
for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.
- Edward Weston

There's something inimical about the camera and song.
- Stephen Sondheim

I'm definitely a Polaroid camera girl.
For me, what I'm really excited about is bringing back
the artistry and the nature of Polaroid.
- Lady Gaga

I love being on stage or in front of the camera.
My work brings me a lot of joy.
It helps me figure out who I am.
I'm really lucky that I get to make a living at acting.
- Dana Delany

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

People ask me to smile for the camera,
but somehow it always comes out gloomy.
- Stephen Rea

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

If you have a camera in the courtroom,
there's no filtering.
What you see is what's there.
- Lance Ito

At the end of Requiem all I wanted to do was get a
DV camera and just do a small film.
But then the hunger comes back.
- Darren Aronofsky

I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in
this business because I remain a kid off-camera.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

You get to the middle of a take that's going really
well and the camera will run out of film.
They have to stop you, apologize and then you've got
to get things going all over again.
- David Morse

I think I was afraid of what I might say when I got
onto someone's stage or in front of someone's camera.
- Jeffrey Wright

If this validates anything, it's that learning how
to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important
than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera.
- Ryne Sandberg

I think the digital camera would record that information too fast for me.
- Kim Weston

It's kind of dangerous to cut in the camera,
but that's the only way I know how to direct.
- Debbie Allen

I loved being asked 2,000 questions a day,
storyboarding every move, knowing as though by instinct
exactly where the camera had to be,
because it was my story.
- Richard Grant

Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera,
not in front of it.
- Denzel Washington

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

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

I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted
by acting and loves behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

There is only you and your camera.
The limitations in your photography are in yourself,
for what we see is what we are.
- Ernst Haas

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.
- Dorothea Lange

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

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

The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.
- W. Eugene Smith

I was born in front of a camera and really don't know anything else.
- Joan Crawford

Hitchcock makes it very clear to us.
There's an objective and a subjective camera,
like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
- Manuel Puig

I love photography.
My boyfriend's got a great camera, which I bought for his birthday.
- Sarah Sutton

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s,
I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes.
I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
- Ann Beattie

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 was molded, spent my time underneath a lot of goo.
And then the bits and pieces were sculpted.
It took probably 10 days to create each character after all those camera tests.
- Brendan Fraser

With Altman, he does discuss everything with you,
but then leaves you to it and gives you full rein and
lets you improvise and create a character while the camera is rolling.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

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

The camera makes you forget you're there.
It's not like you are hiding but you forget,
you are just looking so much.
- Annie Leibovitz

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

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

I design my shots.
I walk the rehearsal as the camera and say 'this is where I want to be...
I want this look.
- Debbie Allen

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

Life came in and put me in front of the camera before
I could really make a decision,
but I think I probably would have gravitated to film.
- Elisabeth Rohm

Whereas if you have a camera in the courtroom,
there's no filtering.
What you see is what's there.
- Lance Ito

I am a camera with its shutter open,
quite passive,
recording, not thinking.
- Christopher Isherwood

I smuggled the camera, it was no problem to smuggle the camera there.
And I took 60 photos, two films, during the time when
there was no one in the control room,
in the building.
- Mordechai Vanunu


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