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I did not remember seeing

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I did not remember seeing

This unexpected image was the record of an inner state that I did not remember seeing and he did not remember experiencing at the moment of exposure. -Minor White, "Mirrors, messages, manifestations" by Minor White. Millerton, New York: Aperture, 1969.


Not just life, but "a" life

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The state of mind of a photographer while creating is a blank...For those who would equate "blank" with a kind of static emptiness, I must explain that this is a special kind of blank. It is a very active state of mind really, a very receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image pre-formed in it at any time. We should note that the lack of a pre-formed pattern or preconceived idea of how anything ought to look is essential to this blank condition.


It’s a window

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“The basic material of photographs is not intrinsically beautiful. It’s not like ivory or tapestry or bronze or oil on canvas. You’re not supposed to look at the thing, you’re supposed to look through it. It’s a window.”

John Szarkowski, In His Own Words


Photography is not about the thing photographed

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Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed. -Garry Winogrand


I dream up images

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I don't do reality well. I have to romanticize things. I dream up images and I shoot them - fantasies and escapiism. If I can't feel the image, it won't work. -James B. Wood


I'm paid to be lucky

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I'm paid to be lucky and that means making your own luck - getting yourself in the right position, in front of the right subject at the right time, and in the right light. -Michael Yamashita, National Geographic - Field Guide by Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo, page 248


A snapshot

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A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure [creates] a form that never existed. -Dieter Appelt, "1000 Photo Icons" by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970, page: 708


about depth of feeling

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about depth of feeling

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. -Peter Adams, Adams Sydney, 1987


it tells me what to do

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it tells me what to do

I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. ~Ruth Bernhard


your subject has to leave

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your subject has to leave

If you're lucky enough to have something magical in happening in front of your camera, don't let it go. Keep shooting until the light fades, the magic evaporates or you or your subject have to leave. -Steve Simon



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