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    An artist must be ruthlessly selfish.

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    Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love.

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    And your own life while it's happening to you never has any atmosphere until it's a memory.

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    A photographer who made a picture from a splendid moment, an accidental pose of someone or a beautiful scenery, is the finder of a treasure.

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    Andre Breton once said that a portrait should not only be an image but an oracle one questions, and that the photographer's aim should be a profound likeness, which physically and morally predicts the subject's entire future.

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    Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic.

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    Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.

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    A photographer is part pick-pocket and part tightrope dancer.

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    A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.

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    A photographer doesn't just copy reality, but communicates to others what he or she experiences.

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    A photographer is responsible for creating a climate in which they can do their best work.

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    A photograph is a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photograph are often contradictory. These contradictions both hide and increase the natural ambiguity of the photographic image.

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    A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary.

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    A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.

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    A photograph is worth a thousand words, provided it is accompanied by only ten words.

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    ...a photographer must be aware of and concerned about the words that accompany a picture. These words should be considered as carefully as the lighting, exposure and composition of the photograph.

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    A photograph is an invitation to look - and to look at looking.

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    A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.

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    A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.

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    Art and accident are one.

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    A picture is like a prayer.

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    ... art is images you carry. You cannot carry nature with you, but you carry images of nature. When you go out to make a picture you find you are moved by something which is in agreement with an image you already held within yourself.

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    As Estelle Jussim wrote, it is almost impossible for a single photograph to state both the problem and the solution.

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    A poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time.

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    As far as my experience goes one is automatically in touch with the higher spiritual, it is connected to a certain level that interpenetrates our total physical and psychic existence. We are always in touch with it.

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    A portrait photographer depends upon another person to complete his picture. The subject imagined, which in a sense is me, must be discovered in someone else willing to take part in a fiction he cannot possibly know about.

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    As a landscape photographer we should be open to possibilities, for one thing often leads to another.

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    Astonish me! (Instruction to photographers)

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    A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure [creates] a form that never existed.

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    A studio session ... provides the greatest chance for control. Even though there is total freedom, I still dislike studio photography and the contrived images that usually stem from this genre.

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    A skillful photographer can photograph anything well.

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    A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

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    Available light is any damn light that is available!

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    A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.

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    Beauty can be seen in all things.

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    Be aware of every square millimeter of your frame.

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    Ask photographers to write and they have nothing to say; ask them to talk about their work and they won't shut up.

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    Before he has seen the whole, how unusually perceptive and imaginative the person must be to evolve the entire sequence by meditating on its single, pair or triplet of essential images.

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    A thing is not what you say it is or what you photograph it to be or what you paint it to be or what you sculpt it to be. Words, photographs, paintings, and sculptures are symbols of what you see, think, and feel things to be, but they are not the things themselves.

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    Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.

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    Can you keep your balance? Can you see what and where you are at any given moment?

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    Be sure to take the lens cap off before photographing.

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    Choice or freedom of choice is just an existential concern. But for photographers, it's a lifetime's preoccupation.

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    Contrast is what makes photography interesting.

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    C.S. Lewis admitted, when he was asked to set forth his beliefs, that he never felt less sure of them than when he tried to speak of them. Photographers know this frailty. To them words are a pallid, diffuse way of describing and celebrating what matters. Their gift is to see what will be affecting as a print. Mute.

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    Believe in yourself. Listen to the photographers you work with, and try to be professional at all time.

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    Don't ask 'Should I ...?'. Instead, 'Ask what happens if I ...?'

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    'Color' is quite different from 'colors.' In an image with many colors, we find that all the colors compete with each other rather than interacting with each other. The results" colors.

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    Color really doesn't have interaction if it's full of colors. It's the interaction or relationship among or between colors that makes a color image. This usually happens with a few colors, not a glut of them.

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    Discussions allow photographers to shuffle their prejudices