Photographic Theory, Photography 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 History, Photography 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, Photography Quotes November 11, 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)
Photographic Theory, Photography 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)
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