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Inspired by the quotations posted by Hernan Zenteno on Nigel Amies’ digital dilemas thread I decided to steal them and use them on my own thread here. More are welcome, pirated or not.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” -Ansel Adams

“But I tell you, for me, each photographer brings his own light from when he was a kid — in this fraction of a second when you freeze reality, you also freeze all this background. You materialise who you are.” -Sebastiao Salgado, worldcrunch interview.

“We recognize an artist by the background in his picture, made apparent through depth of focus and atmosphere and we recognize each other in friendship and love by this same background— the background of light.”
—Edouard Boubat
fr. Fi McGhee, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THEIR IMAGES

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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
—Marc Riboud

At that moment you must care, breathe and love the universe – it’s not just about making a beautiful picture. I put my whole life into a single photograph.
—Fan Ho, Hong Kong photographer 1950’s – 1960’s

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
—Richard Avedon



by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 19 Mar 2013 19:03 | Spring Lake, Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
“I am drawn to photographing real things rather than setup situations. I am more interested in what is than what isn’t.”
– Elliott Erwitt, 3/17/07. Quoted by B blog. Many thanks Blake.
http://hernanzenteno.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/to-be-or-not-to-be/

by Hernan Zenteno | 20 Mar 2013 00:03 (ed. Mar 20 2013) | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
“There’s nothing more disturbing than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept.”
Ansel Adams

by Patricio Murphy | 20 Mar 2013 12:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
“Ariadne, after we work on these negatives, maybe you could accompany me to the photo shop. I like to ask them for things they don’t have. That way we keep them entertained, no?”

—Manuel Álvarez Bravo
NUDES: THE BLUE HOUSE
editor, Ariadne Kimberly Hoque

by Barry Milyovsky | 20 Mar 2013 14:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
It is funny how people prefer to quote other photogs instead of themselves. it is because you think it is more credible? Not for me I’m always suspicious of people quoting everybody else… ;)

by Yves Choquette | 21 Mar 2013 00:03 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Hi Yves. We are doing this for amusing and inspiration but generally a quote is used not because is more credible. Is used to give authority over some topic or argument. Furthermore, would be some weird to quote myself. Just for curiosity, what suspect you about us, the “quoters”, I mean, we are suspicious of what? Do you want share any quote of yourself?

by Hernan Zenteno | 21 Mar 2013 01:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Hi Yves. We are doing this for amusing and inspiration but generally a quote is used not because is more credible. Is used to give authority over some topic or argument. Furthermore, would be some weird to quote myself. Just for curiosity, what suspect you about us, the “quoters”, I mean, we are suspicious of what? Do you want share any quote of yourself?

by Hernan Zenteno | 21 Mar 2013 01:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
I don’t know, Hernán, you have always seemed to me to be a rather suspicious character, quoting that skinhead Salgado and others. I mean what are you doing reading all those books and magazines and blogs? Are you a member of some sort of cabal intent on subverting our Western culture? You can’t fool us, Hernán, by omitting the accent over the “a” in your first name. We know you are an Argentine, Borgesian, intellectual.

by Barry Milyovsky | 21 Mar 2013 19:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
“In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”
― Julio Cortázar

by Patricio Murphy | 21 Mar 2013 19:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Aha! Patricio! Another Argentine interloper disguised, this time, by an Irish surname!

by Barry Milyovsky | 21 Mar 2013 19:03 (ed. Mar 21 2013) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Beware! We even have a Pope! :P

by Patricio Murphy | 21 Mar 2013 19:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Quoting Herman Zentano: “We are doing this for amusing and inspiration” No kidding? I would have never guess, thank to quote. ;o)

by Yves Choquette | 21 Mar 2013 22:03 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
John Sheckler, a former photographer for the Standard Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts, said this when asked how many photographers does it take to screw in a light bulb. – “Only one. However, it takes two editors and three reporters to decide if the bulb should be turned clockwise or counter clockwise or just shoved in.”

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 21 Mar 2013 22:03 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
― Diane Arbus

“There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit.”
― William S. Burroughs

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 21 Mar 2013 23:03 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Patricio, how can forget that quote of Julio? Just in the nail.
Lassen Perry, I think that I could be a friend of Mr. Sheckler. And, do you know in what context was said the quote of Gandhi? Robert Fulton, I don’t knew that phrase of Riboud, many thanks for share it.
Yves, you give me a good idea. I can put my quote in my presentation cards but in singular: “I am doing this for amusing and inspiration”. Now that I think well, that could be my epitaph too if someday I can have someone that pay for it. By the way, if you want to quote me please use my correct name, Hernan Zenteno, not Herman Zentano.
As Albert Camus wrote in some of his carnets, I suppose this can be translated to photography, “write is easy when we have something to tell”. And another more general, but good too: “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

by Hernan Zenteno | 22 Mar 2013 01:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Me too I have a good quote: "Culture is like butter, the less you have the more you spread. :p

by Yves Choquette | 22 Mar 2013 01:03 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
I thought that was a Marlon Brando quote.

by Hernan Zenteno | 22 Mar 2013 02:03 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
How do you know that it didn’t stole it from me? ;)

by Yves Choquette | 22 Mar 2013 10:03 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Yves – yes, you are correct. I quote others because I am suspicious of anything I have to say.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 22 Mar 2013 12:03 | Spring Lake, Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
“He just liked taking pictures of me.”
—Eleanor Callahan

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/arts/design/eleanor-callahan-photographic-muse-for-harry-callahan-dies-at-95.html?_r=0

by Barry Milyovsky | 22 Mar 2013 19:03 (ed. Mar 22 2013) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Barry this one could have come from Nick Ut as well. One day I asked him why he post so many photos of himself on his FB account. He answer me: “paparazzi takes thousand of pictures of me and ask me all the time to post it so I just want to please them.”
ha! ha! I like the guy…

by Yves Choquette | 22 Mar 2013 23:03 (ed. Mar 22 2013) | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
“If you want to see the invisible carefully observe the visible.”
—The Talmud

by Barry Milyovsky | 24 Mar 2013 02:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
“You know, so often it’s just sticking around and being there, remaining there, not swooping out in a cloud of dust: sitting down on the ground with people, letting children look at your camera with their dirty, grimy little hands, and putting their fingers on the lens, and you just let them, because you know that if you behave in a generous manner, you are apt to receive it, you know?”
- Dorothea Lange

“…to became neighbours and friends instead of journalists. This is the way to make your finest photographs.” – W. Eugene Smith

“Journalists should be by their very nature anarchists, people who want to point out things that are not generally approved of. It’s by criticizing that society that humanity has made progress. "
- Philip Jones Griffiths

“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

by Robert Gerhardt | 24 Mar 2013 18:03 | Greenville, SC, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Barry Milyovsky, totally unprofessional Barry Milyovsky
totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States
John Robert Fulton Jr., Photographs John Robert Fulton Jr.
Photographs
Spring Lake, Michigan , United States
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Photographer
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Patricio Murphy, Musician, photographer Patricio Murphy
Musician, photographer
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Yves Choquette, Photojournalist Yves Choquette
Photojournalist
Montreal , Canada
John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
Photoanthropologist
Califon, New Jersey , United States
Robert Gerhardt, Photographer Robert Gerhardt
Photographer
(Reportage Photographer)
Greenville, Sc , United States


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