• "..I sincerely believe it is normal and healthy to study the work of other artists, and even imitate other's efforts, as a means to explore one's personal vision. It has been thus throughout history in all mediums of creative expression. One advances by standing on the shoulders of giants. The perspective becomes a lot clearer from such high ground. On my own journey, I have actively tried to see through the eyes of many well known photographers, including but not limited to Atget, Bernhard, Brandt, Callahan, Cartier Bresson, Giacomelli, Misrach, Scheeler, Steiglitz, Sudek, Sugimoto, Weston (Brett) and many others. I have gone to places where they have photographed and have consciously and unconsciously emulated their style and subject matter. Other artists, in many mediums, have greatly helped my own development as a photographer. As small tokens of appreciation, I have often credited those influences openly by including their names in the titles of work. I have done this out of basic courtesy and respect. I do not feel that I have ever stolen from these artists." - Michael Kenna

    Mary Elizabeth Photography
  • "If you want to photograph a man spinning, give some thought to why he spins. Understanding for a photographer is as important as the equipment he uses." - Margaret Bourke-White


  • "The first thing I did with my very first camera was climb Mt. Fuji. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a lesson in determination and moderation. It would be fair to ask if I took the moderation part to heart. But it certainly was a lesson in respecting your camera. If I was going to live with this thing, I was going to have to think about what that meant. There were not going to be any pictures without it." - Annie Leibovitz


  • "For me the subject of a picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated." - Diane Arbus


  • "Photography is a holding together of opposites: Light and dark, beautiful and ugly, sublime and banal, concious and unconcious. I am still struck by the power of photography to strip away the bark of the mind and reveal the visceral workings underneath." - Jack Welpott


  • "Photography is our exorcism. Primitive society had its masks, bourgeois society its mirrors. We have our images." - Jean Baudrillard


  • "...the pepper is beginning to show signs of strain, and tonight should grace a salad. It has been suggested that I am a cannibal to eat my models. (referring to his famous photo "Pepper #30")"" - Edward Weston


  • "Photographer is somebody who is inspired by the surrounding reality and who's transforming the reality using photographic equipment. I was always inspired by what's within me, and nobody has ever invented a camera capable to photograph thoughts." - Zdzislaw Beksinski


  • "As I became aware that all things have unique spatial and temporal qualities which visually define and relate them, I began to perceive the things I was photographing not as objects but as events. Working to develop my skills of perceiving and symbolizing these event qualities, I discovered the principle of opposites. When, for example, I photographed the smooth, luminous body of a woman behind a dirty cobwebbed window, I found that the qualities of each event were enhanced and the universal forces which they manifested were more powerfully evoked." - Wynn Bullock


  • "In the darkroom, the most unique thing I do is selective masking, a technique I have refined over the years." - Alan Ross


  • "Anyone interested in birds, as I am, is likely to come round sooner rather than later, to their challenge as nature made them." - David Bailey


  • "The only "Bad Light" is the abscence of light altogether." - Anonymous


  • "The idea of equivalence is an equation that is all at once. It takes in the entire mind. Everything works for a moment. The blessing of the photographic image is the precision involved. There is no chance, except the chance that there is an intelligent being who will press the shutter at the moment of the equation. Then the image stays as a cogent emblem of eternity." - Walter Chappell


  • "Carl Mydans is a photographer's photographer and a human's human." - David Hume Kennerly


  • "I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn't that good." - Anonymous


  • "Some of my best work is done when I'm half asleep." - Henry Wessel