Photography, Quotes, March 04, 2013

 “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

 – Diane Arbus

Photography, Quotes, January 14, 2009

“I like to think of photographing as a two-way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both.”

– Garry Winogrand

Photography, Quotes, June 15, 2013

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life."

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photographic Theory, Quotes, November 12, 2014

“For Death must be somewhere in a society; if it is no longer (or less intensely) in religion, it must be elsewhere; perhaps in this image which produces Death while trying to preserve life. Contemporary with the withdrawal of rites, Photography may correspond to the intrusion, in our modern society, of an asymbolic Death, outside of religion, outside of ritual, a kind of abrupt dive into literal Death.”

– Ronald Barthes, Camera Lucida (1981)

Photography, Quotes, September 09, 2015

 “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”

– Robert Frank

Photographic History, Quotes, February 11, 2016

“How charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural images to imprint themselves durable and remain fixed upon the paper! And why should it not be possible? I asked myself.”

– William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature (1844)

Photographic Theory, Quotes, July 16, 2018

“The snapshot version of life appears to be characterized by outwardly visible evidence of socially accepted and positively valued change. Snapshots celebrate change by visually representing events in life that make a difference-difference in the direction of success and happiness.”

– Richard Chalfen, Snapshot versions of life (1987)

Photographic Theory, Quotes, December 28, 2019

“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted.”

– Susan Sontag, On Photography (1990)

Photographic Theory, Quotes, April 10, 2020

“Taking pictures is a taken for granted part of leisure activities;

but looking at them is marginal.”

 – Don Slater, Domestic Photography and Digital Culture (1995)

Photographic History, Quotes, November 21, 2013

“Think back to your childhood. Can you remember it? Or do the images that come to mind resemble the photographs you have been shown of your childhood? Has photography quietly replaced your memories with its own?”

– Geoffrey Batchen, Burning with Desire (2004)