Photography Quotes

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A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Photography was a license to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.
A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.
If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph.
The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.
Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.


To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge—and, therefore, like power.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation, or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it.  No painting or drawing, however, naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way a photograph does.
Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing—which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power.