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Bill Brandt Quotes

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Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.
- Bill Brandt

And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants.
He should know by instinct, grounded in experience,
what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft,
light or dark treatment.
- Bill Brandt

It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do.
He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness
of the child who looks at the world for the first time
or of the traveler who enters a strange country.
- Bill Brandt

It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly,
as something that is exciting in its own right.
It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the
individual's temperament and environment.
- Bill Brandt

 

Sometimes they are a matter of luck;
the photographer could not expect or hope for them.
Sometimes they are a matter of patience,
waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen
and lost or for one that he anticipates.
- Bill Brandt

A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on
to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.
- Bill Brandt

Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment
in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder,
yet without it they would not produce the work they do,
whatever their particular field.
- Bill Brandt

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I consider it essential that the photographer should
do his own printing and enlarging.
The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.
- Bill Brandt

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition,
in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Photography takes an instant out of time,
altering life by holding it still.
- Dorothea Lange

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
- Edward Steichen

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.
The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

I threw myself into this artform because photography
had given me a new sense of mission and identity.
- Bob Anderson

I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography.
- Bill Wyman

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
- Arnold Newman

I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography.
- Bill Wyman

I became involved in photography when I was about thirteen years old.
- Leonard Nimoy

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it
becomes more real than reality.
- Alfred Stieglitz

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

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought.
I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped
my dad print his negatives.
- Kim Weston

The other great development has been in photography,
but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
- Sol LeWitt

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

Computer photography won't be photography as we know it.
I think photography will always be chemical.
- Annie Leibovitz

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

Photography helps people to see.
- Berenice Abbott

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment;
photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
- Tony Benn

Then I moved down to the Bowery to this building where Debbie Harry lived.
It was there that I started combining some clothes
for her and continued doing the art and photography.
- Stephen Sprouse

Photography is truth.
The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to
serve the desire humans have for a moment -
this very moment -
to stay.
- Sam Abell

I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself.
- Kim Weston

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing,
photography, and writing.
- Layne Staley

Photography is a very important part of my life.
- Conrad Hall

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications,
offers an infinite variety of perception,
interpretation and execution.
- Ansel Adams

Photography is an immediate reaction,
drawing is a meditation.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Light makes photography.
Embrace light.
Admire it.
Love it.
But above all, know light.
Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
- George Eastman

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

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer -
and often the supreme disappointment.
- Ansel Adams

What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm
to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you.
That's what photography does for me.
- Graeme Le Saux

Photography to the amateur is recreation,
to the professional it is work, and hard work too,
no matter how pleasurable it my be.
- Edward Weston

Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle,
so then I feel I might as well take the lot.
- Nigel Dennis

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured
moment with other people.
- James Wilson

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore.
The money is in photography.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I just love the world of photography.
- Brooke Burke

It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film,
but it's a photography collage.
- Val Kilmer

It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography -
intuitive observations of the natural world which may
have meaning to the spectators.
- Ansel Adams

I've been working with photography for many years.
- Leonard Nimoy

My use of the medium - photography -
is in some ways traditional.
- Andres Serrano

The problem of direct colour photography has been facing
us since the turn of the last century.
- Gabriel Lippmann

All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.
- Nigel Dennis

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most
challenging photography I've ever done.
It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.
- Galen Rowell

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object,
separating it from the humanity of the person.
He added nothing to photography as a medium.
I hold his work in low regard.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot
be used in heaven and in hell.
- Edvard Munch

When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons
when you can see the weather coming and going,
which lends itself to photography.
- Graeme Le Saux

Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
- Conrad Hall

As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the
latest technology in photography -
digital photography -
to post photos on my website on a daily basis.
- Tipper Gore

Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography,
I was still working for my parents as a salesman.
- Herb Ritts

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic
sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
- Roman Jakobson

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery,
such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
- Galen Rowell

Look at lots of exhibitions and books,
and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things.
Photography is about images.
- Fay Godwin

There is no question that photography has played a
major role in the environmental movement.
- Galen Rowell

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
- August Sander

Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair
to which mankind is forever subjected.
- Robert Frank

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

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

I took courses at USC in film editing and art direction
and photography when I was still in high school.
- Ray Harryhausen

Photography started as a means of getting reference
material for my paintings of nature subjects.
- Nigel Dennis

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame.
When you put four edges around some facts,
you change those facts.
- Garry Winogrand

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable,
but not too glamorous.
- Antonia Fraser

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself
and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly
what it is that I have made.
- Andy Goldsworthy


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