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By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Actually, documentary pictures include every subject in the world - good, bad, indifferent. I have yet to see a fine photograph which is not a good document.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

To chart a course, one must have a direction. In reality, the eye is no better than the philosophy behind it. The photographer creates, evolves a better, more selective, more acute eye by looking ever more sharply at what is going on in the world. Like every other means of expression, photography, if it is to be utterly honest and direct, should be related to the life of the times-the pulse of today. The photograph may be presented as finely and artistically as you will, but to merit serious consideration, must be directly connected with the world we live in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Self-conscious artiness is fatal, but it certainly would not hurt to study composition in general. Having a basic understanding of composition would help construct a better organized image.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

What we need of equipment is this: let it possess as good a structure as the real-life content that surrounds us. We need more simplifications to free us for seeing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

If a medium is representational by nature of the realistic image formed by a lens, I see no reason why we should stand on our heads to distort that function. On the contrary, we should take hold of that very quality, make use of it, and explore it to the fullest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The more you do, the more you realize there is to do, what a vast object the metropolis is, and how the work of photographing could go on forever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Today we are confronted with reality on the vastest scale mankind has known and this puts a greater responsibility on the photographer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I have yet to see a fine photograph which is not a good document.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

What to me is anathema - a corpse-like, outmoded hangover - is for photography to be a bad excuse for another medium. ... Is not photography good enough in itself, that it must be made to look like something else, supposedly superior?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Abstraction in photography is ridiculous, and is only an imitation of painting. We stopped imitating painters a hundred years ago, so to imitate them in this day and age is laughable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

You scientists are the worst photographers in the world and you need the best photographers in the world and I'm the one to do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The art is in selecting what is worthwhile to take the trouble about.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The lens freezes time and space in what may be an optical slavery or, contrarily, the crystallization of meaning. The limits of the lens' vision are esthetically often a virtue.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Photography was the medium preeminently qualified to unite art with science. Photography was born in the years which ushered in the scientific age, an offspring of both science and art.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I'm not a nice girl. I'm a photographer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I'm not a nice girl; I'm a photographer. (On being told by a Federal Art Project official, after she photographed the Bowery, that a nice girl should not go into such neighborhoods )

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Photography is not only drawing with light, though light is the indispensable agent of its being. It is modeling or sculpturing with light, to reproduce the plastic form of natural objects. It is painting with light.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera (the lens) notes with relentless fidelity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I believe there is no more creative medium than photography to recreate the living world of our time. Photography gladly accepts the challenge because it is at home in its element: namely, realism - real life - the now.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The photographer is the contemporary being par excellence; through his eyes the now becomes the past.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I think the important decision for a photographer is to choose a subject that intensely interests him or her.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I haven't seen too many images that have impressed me!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Suppose we took a thousand negatives... combining the elegances, the squalor, the curiosities, the monuments, the sad faces, the triumphant faces, the power, the irony, the strength, the decay, the past, the present, the future of a city - that would be my favorite picture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Imagine a world without photography, one could only imagine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Photography helps people to see.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term-selectivity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Like every other means of expression, photography, if it is to be utterly honest and direct, should be related to the life of the times - the pulse of today.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The photograph may be presented as finely and artistically as you will; but to merit serious consideration, must be directly connected with the world we live in.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I agree that all good photographs are documents, but I also know that all documents are certainly not good photographs. Furthermore, a good photographer does not merely document, he probes the subject, he 'uncovers' it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I am so fascinated with this century it will help keep me alive. I'll be there until the last minute, fighting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective. What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework - that to me is the art of photography.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Berenice Abbott

I wanted to combine science and photography in a sensible, unemotional way. Some people’s ideas of scientific photography is just arty design, something pretty. That was not the idea. The idea was to interpret science sensibly, with good proportion, good balance and good lighting, so we could understand it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Berenice Abbott

To chart a course, one must have a direction. In reality, the eye is no better than the philosophy behind it. The photographer creates, evolves a better, a more selective, more acute seeing eye by looking ever more sharply at what is going on in the world.