Collection of Photography Quotes

I am getting ready for Photoshop World 2012 in DC and was looking over some notes on the computer and came across a document with a big list of photography quotes. In the past, I have taken notes and posted some of my favorite quotes from the Photoshop World conference, and so I thought I would share a few of these in preparation next week.

“The meaning of quality in photography’s best pictures lies written in the language of vision. That language is learned by chance, not system.” – Walker Evans

“Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn’t photogenic.” — Edward Weston

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” — Paul Strand

“In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.” — Paul Caponigro 

“People are under the illusion that it’s easy…Technically, it is complex. You have a million options with equipment to distract you. I tell my students to simplify their equipment.” — Brett Weston

“It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I “listen” to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quite, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening – a time for making photographs.” — John Sexton

“But fundamentally, vision is not about which camera or how many megapixels you have, it’s about what you find important. It’s all about ideas.” — Keith Carter  

“The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me, Everybody can look, but they don’t necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it’s right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting.” — Andre Kertesz

“’ve been pursuing the concept of wilderness preservation since 1961. I think it’s important for an artist to have a passion—you need to find a source of inspiration.” — Clyde Butcher

March 17, 2012

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