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photography as an instrument

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I've always wanted to be aware of what's going on around me, and I've wanted to use photography as an instrument of research into and reporting on the life of my own time. -Paul Strand


the modern is the way of creating

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In all eras, the modern is the way of creating that which is best able to grasp its own time. -August Strindberg


the art of SEEING

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the art of SEEING

It is the art of SEEING that is the starting point for all creativety and then, of course, every profession is subject to its specific mathematics and material conditions. -Christer Strömholm


photography loves banal objects

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I believe that photography loves banal objects, and I love the life of objects. -Josef Sudek


a way of feeling

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[Photography] is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever . . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. -Aaron Sussman


the art of seeing things

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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. -Jonathan Swift


the mind does the seeing

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The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing. -Publilius Syrus


Photography is a system of visual editing

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Photography is a system of visual editing. At bottom, it is a matter of surrounding with a frame a portion of one's cone of vision, while standing in the right place at the right time. Like chess, or writing, it is a matter of choosing from among given possibilities, but in the case of photography the number of possibilities is not finite but infinite. -John Szarkowski


the family portrait

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However much critics argue the value of specific works of art, the family portrait and family album quietly assume a significant place as a witness to our eyes. -Bill Thompson


Just show me

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Don’t tell me about the pictures you didn’t get. Just show me the good ones you got. -Edward K. Thompson, "Special Problems (Library of Photography)"



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