…a lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart. –
Arnold Newman, American photographer (1918-2006)
“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds.”
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, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company (1854-1932)
If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. – Jim Richardson
If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view. – Steve McCurry, American photojournalist (born 1950)
The most memorable and touching photographs are inexplicable both in their motivation and execution. They are not about the photographer’s conscious desire to go out and shoot this or that. It’s the other way around. The photographer is waylaid (or “taken”) by this amazing juxtaposition of form and content in front of them that leaves them with no choice but to shoot. There is no, “That would make a nice photo.” There is no, “I ought to take a photo of that.” There is no intellectual analysis. The event cries out to be recorded. You respond, and your response is visceral and instinctive and intuitive. The photograph is not the result of the clicking of the camera, but of all the years of your life up to the moment you take the picture.
In Photography it’s about revelation and not about replication
What advice would you give an aspiring photographer?
The funny answer is “Pick your parents carefully” because you will need all the money you can get.
the serious answer is “Don’t study photography”
If you are a photographic student and you take four years of photography,you’ll end up with technically perfect pictures with possibly no content whatsoever because you have not lived, read and learned things and made yourself an interesting person.
Jay Maisel on an interview done by Chris Orwig
I don’t care. I really don’t. At the end of the day, all I want to do is look at great photographs. This isn’t a contest to see who can make it the hardest to get a great shot. The result is what matters. I don’t really care if you use Photoshop or iPhoto or Aperture or Lightroom or none of the above or all of the above. I don’t care if you used or did not use filters, actions or special effects. I don’t care if you shot digital or film or if you manipulated the image.I don’t care if you used HDR or tone mapping or didn’t. Unless you’re a photo journalist and I’m looking at your images in the “New York Times,” I don’t care if you posed people, cloned out distractions, changed colors or anything else. All I care about is the picture! If it’s good, I like it. If it’s not, I don’t and the process that you went through to get it isn’t relevant to me at all – period.
From The Book “72 Essays On Photography” by Scott Bourne
Henri Cartier Bresson was asked
How do you know when to take the photo?
Don’t think, the brain is dangerous, it’s your sensitivity that matters.
“My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.”
― Joyce Carol Oates