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A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there -- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
~ Robert Doisneau

 

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A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
~ Diane Arbus

 

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All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this -- as in other ways -- they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.
~ John Berger

 

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Any one who knows what the worth of family affection is among the lower classes, and who has seen the array of little portraits stuck over a laborer's fireplace will perhaps feel with me that in counteracting the tendencies, social and industrial, which every day are sapping the healthier family affections, the sixpenny photograph is doing more for the poor than all the philanthropists in the world.
~ Macmillan Magazine

 

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At least the box is full of something useful. [On his photo gracing a box of Raisin Bran]
~ Avery Brooks

 

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Blessed be the inventor of photography! I set him above even the inventor of chloroform! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has ''cast up'' in my time or is like to -- this art by which even the ''poor'' can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones. And mustn't it be acting favorably on the morality of the country?
~ Jane Welsh Carlyle

 

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

 

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

 

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I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
~ Ansel Adams

 

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I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.
~ Man Ray

 

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If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, ''I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life.'' I mean people are going to say, ''You're crazy.'' Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid.
~ Diane Arbus

 

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If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph.
~ Janet Malcolm

 

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In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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It is not merely the likeness which is precious... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think -- and it is not at all monstrous in me to say that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
~ David Bailey

 

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Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.
~ Wallace Stevens

 

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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

 

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No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.
~ John Ruskin

 

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