Finding inspiration in quotes on photography and connecting

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

December 25, 2023

Episode Number: 459

The latest episode of The Perspective Photographer, number 459, dives into some thought-provoking perspectives on photography from some great quotes by other photographers. In these quotes, we see our need to connect to our work and subjects in a meaningful way to produce the best work possible. As we visit the quotes below we can start to see how images have the power to reveal secrets, capture humanity, and become canvasses that echo our connections.

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

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. —Henri Cartier-Bresson

A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people. — Annie Leibovitz

I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost. ―Nan Goldin

It is easy to make a picture of someone and call it a portrait. The difficulty lies in making a picture that makes the viewer care about a stranger. — Paul Strand

People say don’t stare. Through the photos, not only do I stare, but I allow viewers to stare at the subject, to see things that they cannot see with a casual glance. —Dawoud Bey

There’s no particular class of photograph that I think is any better than any other class. I’m always and forever looking for the image that has spirit! I don’t give a damn how it got made. —Minor White

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. — Robert Frank

The majority of the people I’ve taken photographs of, I’ve had conversations with. What are your goals and aspirations? What are you about? It’s not just about me capturing the image; I want to know what you are about. —Jamel Shabazz

I didn’t want a completely passive viewer. Art means too much to me. To be able to articulate something visually is really an important thing. I wanted to make work where the viewer wouldn’t walk away; he would giggle nervously, get pulled into history, into fiction, into something totally demeaning and possibly very beautiful. —Kara Walker

I always say that photography’s closest cousin is poetry because of the way it sparks your imagination and leaves gaps for the viewer to fill in. —Alec Soth

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