• "Photographic portraiture is the best feature of the fine arts for the million that the ingenuity of man has yet devised. It has in this sense swept away many of the illiberal distinctions of rank and wealth, so that the poor man who possesses but a few schillings can command as perfect a lifelike portrait of his wife or child as Sir Thomas Lawrence painted for the most distinguished sovereigns of Europe." - Anonymous
  • "The very secret of life for me...was to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquillity. I had picked a life that dealt with excitement, tragedy, mass calamities, human triumphs and suffering. To throw my whole self into recording and attempting to understand these things, I needed an inner serenity as a kind of balance." - Margaret Bourke-White


  • "When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. "you must have a wonderful camera...It must be the best camera in the world...You must show me your camera." Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: "I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter."" - Anonymous


  • "...[only] evidence of induviduality and artistic worth...will find recognition in there pages." - Alfred Stieglitz


  • "Sy Parrish: According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the word "snapshot" was originally a hunting term." - Anonymous


  • "Photographs can be used to lie, flatter, seduce, blackmail, or restrict human freedom. As mass-produced junk images they can debase taste and narcotize people to prefer the image to the experienced reality it represents. But photographs also can preserve, comfort, inform, and clarify. They can provide esthetic pleasure of the highest order and enlarge our vision of the universe." - Arthur Goldsmith


  • "I do not choose to make my images. They choose me to get made. I make images for the hard of hearing." - Dominic Rouse


  • "You know what a camera is? A mirror with memory." - Anonymous


  • "Art is Man's nature. Nature is God's art." - James Bailey


  • "Without the participation of intuition, sensibility, and understanding, photography is nothing. All these faculties must be closely harnessed, and it is then that the capture of a rare picture becomes a real physical delight." - Henri Cartier-Bresson


  • "I didn't choose photography. Photography chose me." - Gerardo Suter


  • "To communicate requires that those who view the work also understand. Fortunately, people respond to visual stimulus on more than one level. Abstraction, for instance, has always played a big role in artistic expression, and it is becoming more accepted in photographs. There's nothing new about abstraction in painting, but for some reason people respect painting more than photography. This might be because photographs are so widely used by the media in this culture that they are regarded as mere ephemera you look at a photograph once and then turn the page." - Ralph Gibson


  • "What will obviously make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful photographer is the intellectual baggage' he brings with him. He should have a heightened sense of curiosity and be able to foresee and predict certain sequence very quickly. I think the old-fashioned statement f/8 and be there!' is true even today. The ability of the photographer to get in' to shoot is 99 percent of the battle and requires that he be trusted'." - Cornell Capa


  • "In response to the quip at a dinner party from a woman down-scaling the skill associated with making photographs: 'But Jack anyone can take a photograph'! Picone's reply, 'Yes you are correct but only some people can make a camera sing and dance'." - Jack Picone


  • "With photography, everything is in the eye and these days I feel young photographers are missing the point a bit. People always ask about cameras but it doesn't matter what camera you have. You can have the most modern camera in the world but if you don't have an eye, the camera is worthless. Young people know more about modern cameras and lighting than I do. When I started out in photography I didn't own an exposure meter - I couldn't , they didn't exist! I had to guess." - Alfred Eisenstaedt


  • "My pictures are never pre-visialized or planned. I feel strongly that pictures must come from contact with things ath the time and place of taking. At such times, I rely on intuitive, perceptual responses to guide me, using reason only after the final print is made to accept or rejetct the results of my work." - Wynn Bullock