Photographic Quotations

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Ray Sachs, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I just recently stumbled onto a wonderful quote in another member's signature line and it sent me on a brief (VERY brief, these being the days of Google) search for other great photography related quotations. And I quickly found the site below, which is chock full of 'em, from just about every photographer you've ever heard of and many you haven't. So far, I haven't gotten past Bresson, but I'm looking forward to perusing this site extensively. I love quotations relating to a given activity - I'm also a pretty avid cyclist and there are books of great cycling quotes. They somehow help shed light on the essence sometimes.

    For anyone interested...

    Great Photography Quotes - Best Photographers Quotations

    -Ray
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    :2thumbs: Thanks Ray!
     
  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    No Eyes Ever Will, Nor Ever Shall,
    See What I See Now.
    Margaret Bourke White
     
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  4. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 2, 2010
    Worcestershire
    My favourite

    Missed out my favourite - which is allegedly from David Bailey.

    On being told by a client how lucky he was to get get certain elements in his picture, a bird, someone walking etc. He replied -

    "Yes the more pictures I take, the luckier I seem to get!"
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    It was either Henri or Ansel who said 'your worst photos are your first 10,000. In today's digital world, that could be your first 50,000.

    -Ray
     
  6. markitos

    markitos Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 9, 2010
    Durham, NC
    What was the quote you stumbled upon and liked so much?
     
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Why, it was the one in your signature line - I mentioned it over in the thread on motorcycles. I love that quote - it explains my whole reluctance to get caught up in any level of pixel peeping. All of these cameras we have at our disposal today are so friggin' good, even the little compacts like the LX5 and S95, that the main thing is to find the one that'll make it easiest to get the kind of shot you're going for and then just go do it. The last X% of image quality couldn't mean less to me.... And knowing that Henri said it better than I ever could, is nice to know.

    -Ray
     
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  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    markitos, thank you for asking (I had meant to myself) and for having that quotation in your signature line. Good catch, Ray!
     
  9. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    :thiagree:

    It is just that the camera producers tries to make us feel that we need to buy a new camera every 6 months...
     
  10. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    there are some good quotes in people's sigs on this and other forums ... I particularly like that belonging to forum member Ephemeral Moment:
    remembering it always makes me feel better after a "failure" ...
     
  11. markitos

    markitos Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 9, 2010
    Durham, NC
    Ah, glad it resonated with you. :) Obviously, it resonates with me too. To me it expresses very succinctly and humorously that there are more elements to a good/great photograph than technical perfection.

    You're welcome. He has many good quotes, but it's always been one of my favorites. I put it in my signature line on another forum after I saw Cartier-Bresson's retrospective exhibit in NYC this past summer.
     
  12. Grant

    Grant Mu-43 Veteran

    This is more or less what is stated by psychologist Anders Ericsson who researched the success of violinists at the Berlin Academy of Music.