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

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    The best pictures differentiate themselves by nuances...a tiny relationship - either a harmony or a disharmony - that creates a picture.

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    The best plans evolve.

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

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    The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.

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    The celebrity-making machine-photographers, paparazzi, press and stuff like that-can be ruthless.

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    The [concentration camps] were swarming with photographers and every new picture of horror served only to diminish the total effect. Now, for a short day, everyone will see what happened to those poor devils in those camps; tomorrow, very few will care what happens to them in the future.

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    The creative process can sustain itself throughout the entire celebration of photography.

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    The eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.

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    The frame frames a frame of mind.

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    The German ueber-photographer Andreas Gursky was the perfect pre-9/11 artist.

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    The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques.

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    The good photographer will produce a competent picture every time whatever his subject. But only when his subject makes and immediate and direct appeal to his own interests will he produce a work of distinction.

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    The inner chambers of the soul are like the photographer's darkroom. Like a laboratory. One cannot stay there all the time or it becomes the solitary cell of the neurotic.

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    The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it's formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate.

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    The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.

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    The more specific you are, the more general it'll be.

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    The most important lens you have is your legs

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    The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation - not where the action is taking place, but where it’s going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they’re going to be.

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    The most valuable things in a life are a man's memories. And they are priceless.

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    The mystery isn't in the technique, it's in each of us.

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    Then I thought, Whoa. If there are no photographs, then there is no history. I'm going to get in there. I'm going to make these pictures. We need a record.

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    The Concerned Photographer produces images in which genuine human feeling predominates over commercial cynicism or disinterested formalism.

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    The photographer in my head says: Give me peace. Flash. Give me release. Flash.

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    The photographer must be absorbent - like a blotter, allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment... His technique should be like an animal function... he should act automatically.

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    The photographer projects himself into everything he sees, identifying himself with everything in order to know it and to feel it better.

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    The photographer both loots and preserves, denounces and consecrates.

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    The photographer proceeds, via the intermediary of the lens, to a point where he literally takes a luminous imprint, a cast... [But] the cinema realizes the paradox of moulding itself on the time of the object and of taking the imprint of its duration as well.

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    The photographer hopes, in brief, to discover a tension so exact that it is peace.

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

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    The photographer's art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time.

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    The photographic image has great possibilities. The magical photograph attempts to go beyond the immediate context of the recorded experience into the realm of the indefinable. The photographer as magician is acutely aware of the multiplicity of associations submerged in the appearance of the objective world.

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    The photographer will never replace the painter; one is a man, the other a machine. Let us compare them no longer. (1848)

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    The picture is not made by the photographer, the picture is more good or less good in function of the relationship that you have with the people you photograph.

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    The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera.

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    The photo is a thing in itself. And that's what still photography is all about.

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    The only thing that's difficult is reloading when things are happening. Can you get it done fast enough?

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    The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself.

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    ... the possibility of one particular photographer's pictures lying around the corner is never realized until the photographer is there. It's one of the enigmas of photography.

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    There are almost too many possibilities. Photography is in direct proportion with our time: multiple, faster, instant. Because it is so easy, it will be more difficult.

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    There are no photographs while I'm reloading .

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    There are a lot of photographers who have influenced me; some of the great ones, like Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and [Alfred] Stieglitz. I draw from all of them. You're supposed to steal from the good ones.

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    There are photographic fanatics, just as there are religious fanatics. They buy a so-called candid camera there is no such thing: it’s the photographer who has to be candid, not the camera.

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    There are photographers whose shows I try to make it my business to see, if I'm in the city. There are photographers I have no interest in at all.

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    There are rules about perception, but not about photography.

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    There are so many great 19th-century photographers, and it's really my favorite period, but the amateurs did such beautiful work.

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    The reason I don't like realist, photorealist, neorealist, or whatever, is that I am as interested in the artificial as I am in the real.

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    There is a myth that the portrait photographer is supposed to make the subject relax, and that's the real person. But I'm interested in whatever is going on. And I'm not that comfortable myself.

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    There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.

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    There is no particular reason to search for meaning.