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Quotes about photography

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{Photography.3.1}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 17 Jul 2003 00:55:46 n/a (1 line)

Please share good quotes about photography here.

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{Photography.3.2}: {kai} Thu, 17 Jul 2003 01:00:35 n/a (0 lines)
{erased by kai Thu, 17 Jul 2003 01:01:36 n/a}

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{Photography.3.3}: Kai Hagen {kai} Thu, 17 Jul 2003 01:02:01 n/a (HTML)

Here are three to start with...

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

Ansel Adams

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"The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding."

Edward Steichen

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"At forty-two I decided to become a photographer because it offered a means of creative thought and action. I didn*t rationalize this, I just felt it intuitively and followed my intuition, which I have never regretted."

Wynn Bullock

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{Photography.3.4}: Kathryn Ellicott {katielli} Tue, 22 Jul 2003 11:02:28 n/a (1 line)

"When behind my camera, I am without fear."- Alfred Steiglitz

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{Photography.3.5}: MaryAnn {beledi} Tue, 22 Jul 2003 12:22:30 n/a (10 lines)

I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange
things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging
it, I arrange myself.

I never have taken a picture I've intended.
They're always better or worse.

The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're
always sort of feeling your way.
                                   -Diane Arbus

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{Photography.3.6}: Rachel {sugarfreak} Tue, 22 Jul 2003 13:27:16 n/a (1 line)

She was my main inspiration when I was in school!

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{Photography.3.7}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Thu, 24 Jul 2003 22:01:35 n/a (6 lines)

It's been a long time since I've looked at a lot of Arbus.  But from
what I remember, "I work from awkwardness" is pretty much how I saw
her work.

That kind of surreal quality that just might come from not having a
clue?

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{Photography.3.8}: Rachel {sugarfreak} Fri, 25 Jul 2003 08:27:40 n/a (5 lines)

Ha, it's true that she often worried that her camera hadn't been
loaded properly. For her the camera was more of a prop to get
into the lives of strangers. That process was more important
than even the photographs themselves. She wasn't a great
craftsperson when it came to her printing.

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{Photography.3.9}: Judy Johnson {judy} Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:05:20 n/a (3 lines)

What Arbus said sure resonates with me as far as my approach.
Because I rarely "arrange" things, I end up cropping a lot of clutter
from the periphery of my images.

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{Photography.3.10}: Will Page {willpage} Tue, 12 Aug 2003 13:21:09 n/a (4 lines)

"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always
say because it's such a beautiful animal.  There you go.  I think my
mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."
                                        -Ellen DeGeneres

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{Photography.3.11}: as heard on NPR's Morning Ed. {willpage} Tue, 12 Aug 2003 13:29:52 n/a (6 lines)

about the photographic style and technique of Edward Weston

Huntington Curator of Photographs Jennifer Watts said Weston never
cropped his photographs: "He's really about finding the form in
nature. Be it gnarled form in the stump of a tree, or clouds, and
honing in on that in a clear, concise, framed way."

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{Photography.3.12}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Tue, 12 Aug 2003 20:50:36 n/a (7 lines)

But he used a view camera.  A whole lot easier to compose absolutely
full-frame in that.  As opposed to a view-finder especially, but even
a SLR does some cropping, or extending, depending, so it's still a
good idea to at least give yourself some wiggle room.

And, heck, if you're going to give yourself some wiggle room, you
might as well take advantage of the capability.

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{Photography.3.13}: Will Page {willpage} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 07:34:42 n/a (7 lines)

Hey, I crop too, believe me!  I thought the quote was interesting in
a different way.  I had to think of how a sculptor looks at a hunk of
marble, and wonders what underlying form might be revealed with a
hammer and chisel.  When we, as photographers, look at a scene with
our two eyes and wide field of view, it is a special discipline to
know which small rectangle will capture the essence of that scene in
a photo.

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{Photography.3.14}: William Maloney {qajaq} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 07:47:58 n/a (HTML)

". . . which small rectangle will capture the essence . . ." not to mention freezing an instant of an ever-changing world.

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{Photography.3.15}: Ed Hawco {ed1} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 11:27:23 n/a (HTML)

Indeed. When I was studying photography formally, there was an unspoken assumption that students should compose in the camera and print "full frame." That's one of the reasons why artsy student B&W photos often have the messy black border -- it's to prove that the image was composed in the camera, not the darkroom. Some people see it as a bit of a poser aesthetic, but I have to admit I kind of like it.

Here's an example that I think I've show around here before:

It is interesting to note that this aesthetic is hardly ever applied to color photography (which is considered by artsy hipsters to be intrinsically less "artsy").

As Amanda points out, Weston used a view camera, which involves a lot of patient setting up and composting, so it is natural that you wouldn't crop later unless you wanted to present the image in a different aspect ratio or something. But when shooting quickly, it's a different thing. I find I frequently crop when I'm using digital, partly because I don't have a lot of faith in the viewfinder or screen's fidelity as it relates to the final image. Also, I frequently present digital images in aspect ratios very different from what the camera recorded (which involves chopping off some stuff).

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{Photography.3.16}: Ed Hawco {ed1} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 11:29:06 n/a (2 lines)

All that to say, photography schools tend to train the student to try
to compose in the camera as a way of learning to "see photographically."

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{Photography.3.17}: Kai Hagen {kai} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 16:35:54 n/a (HTML)

I think it is good to look through the camera that way, but I don't hesitate to crop the result, in any case.

And, fairly often, I take things with the intention to crop out all but a particular vertical or horizontal strip.

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{Photography.3.18}: Will Page {willpage} Wed, 13 Aug 2003 16:52:33 n/a (11 lines)

Hi Kai.  I love this new forum you began!  I also agree with your
take on cropping.  I will guess that everyone who has replied about
this, like me, is now cropping on a PC application.  Back in the
80s, when I had easy access to darkrooms, it wasn't a worry either.
However, there was a time span of about 10 years where I regressed
and took my little touristy point-and-shoot nikon and took pictures
knowing that, although not totally out-of the question, I would be
settling for what I got back from the quickie-commercial-photo-lab
and hope I framed the pictures well enough to make 2-5% of
them 'keepers' that I might actually stick in an album (instead of a
shoebox).

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{Photography.3.19}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Thu, 14 Aug 2003 21:22:09 n/a (1 line)

My view of the picture was a little red x.

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{Photography.3.20}: Rich Mason {richpix} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 01:24:49 n/a (2 lines)

Rather than post one quotation I bring you a link to a site full of them:
http://www.photoquotes.com/

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{Photography.3.21}: Coyote {coyote} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 11:09:52 n/a (1 line)

Ooo... that's lovely! Thanks, Rich :-)

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{Photography.3.22}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 13:04:30 n/a (1 line)

I found nice ones in there!

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{Photography.3.23}: Judy Johnson {judy} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:12:24 n/a (1 line)

Very cool.

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{Photography.3.24}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 18:19:10 n/a (3 lines)

Yes.

Thanks, Rich.

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{Photography.3.25}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 14 Oct 2003 22:28:15 n/a (2 lines)

Oh, I can tell I'm going to be reading for awhile. Thanks for posting
that.

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