Photography in Words (Click the screen icon below for full screen view.)
1 “Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” — Paul Strand
2 “Photography. . . offers the most complete satisfaction of our curiosity.” — Schopenhauer
3 “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug a camera.” — Lewis Hine
4 “Only with effort can the camera be forced to lie. . . so the photographer is much more likely to approach nature in a spirit of inquiry, of communion.” — Edward Weston
5 “Most of my photographs are compassionate, gentle, and personal. They. . . tend not to preach. And they tend not to pose as art.” — Bruce Davidson
6 “The camera is a kind of license [to ask people about their lives]. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that’s a reasonable kind of attention to be paid.” — Diane Arbus
7 “Photography is the only ‘language’ understood in all parts of the world, and bridging all nations and cultures, it links the family of man [and] allows us to share in the hopes and despair of others.” —Helmut Gernsheim
8 “Like chess, or writing, [photography] 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
9 “The particular place simply provided an excuse to produce work. . . . You can only see what you are ready to see —what mirrors your mind at that particular time.” — George Tice
“ I photograph to find out
what something will look like
— Garry Winogrand
11 “Photography is a tool for dealing with things every-body knows about but isn’t attending to. My photo-graphs are intended to represent something you don’t see.” — Emmet Gowin
12 “I’m always mentally photographing everything as practice.” — Minor White
13 “The weight of words. The shock of photos.” — advertisement for Paris-Match
14 “The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me.” — André Kertész
15 “I want my photographs to show people what they could never see in ‘real life’. Otherwise, what’s the point?” — Todd Hanson
(This is still in progress—more will come, but the last two slides will have summaries, like this next one. . . .)
1 “Your photography is a record of your living. . . .
2 “Photography. . . offers the most complete. . . .
3 “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t . . . .
4 “Only with effort can the camera be forced. . . .
5 “Most of my photographs are compassionate. . . .
6 “The camera is a kind of license [to ask. . . .
7 “Photography is the only ‘language’. . . .
8 “Like chess, or writing, [photography] is a. . . .