“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers


“To photograph …


“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
― Susan Sontag

“All photograph…

English: This photo shot by Marc Silber of www...

English: This photo shot by Marc Silber of http://www.silberstudios.com. Annie Leibovitz is one of the most famous photographers alive today. She shoots for magazines, was Rolling Stone’s photographer, and has made images of many of the world’s most famous people. Español: La fotógrafa estadounidense Annie Leibovitz posando ante el retrato de Demi Moore en su exhbición “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005” en San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Annie Leibovitz

“There’s an idea that it’s hard to be a woman artist. People assume that women have fewer opportunities, less power. But it’s not any harder to be a woman artist than to be a male artist. We all take what we are given and use the parts of ourselves that feed the work. We make our way. Photographers, men and women, are particularly lucky. Photography lets you find yourself. It is a passport to people and places and to possibilities.”
― Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz…


[ A ] Berenice Abbott  - Hardware Store, 316-3...

[ A ] Berenice Abbott – Hardware Store, 316-318 Bowery at Bleecker Street, New York (1938) (Photo credit: Cea.)

Bernice 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.”
― Berenice Abbott



Bernice Abbott…

Dorothea Lange, Mère migrante (Migrant Mother)...

Dorothea Lange, Mère migrante (Migrant Mother), 1936 (Photo credit: Alain Bachellier)

Dorothea Lange


“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”
― Dorothea Lange



Dorothea Lange…



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English: Richard Avedon photographed Judy Garland in this famous picture in New York City in 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Avedon


If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.


Richard Avedon


Richard Avedon…


Robert Frank

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
― Robert Frank


Robert Frank…

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“Family with Mother Nursing Child”, by Irving Penn (Photo credit: godutchbaby)

Irving Penn


A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. – Irving Penn



Irving Penn…



English: Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake ...

English: Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National Park Service. (79-AAG-1) Français : Ansel Adams. Les Grands Tetons et la rivière Snake (1942). Parc National des Grands Tetons, Wyoming. Archives Nationales des USA, Archives du service des parcs nationaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“ Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. – Ansel Adams


The above quote is so true, I always thought after each shoot I had at least 10 out of 200 good images. Days later when I looked at them again, I found I only had 1 great image. Go Figure!


What are your thoughts on this?



Ansel Adams

English: A photo portrait of photographer Anse...

English: A photo portrait of photographer Ansel Adams, which first appeared in the 1950 Yosemite Field School yearbook. Deutsch: Portrait des Fotografen Ansel Adams, erstmals 1950 im Jahrbuch der Yosemite Field School erschienen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
― Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams