Favorite Quotations ~† Photography, 3 Richard Avedon Masterpieces

"The very best pictures adapt themselves to many changes in meaning." ~ John Swarkowski

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I suffered first as a child from discrimination, poverty ... So I think it was a natural follow from that that I should use my camera to speak for people who are unable to speak for themselves. ~ Gordon Parks

People buy ideas, they don't buy photographs. ~ Annie Leibovitz

Iíve always been obsessed with penetrating the female psyche. When I shoot, Iím like a tornado. I never sit down, never take a break, never eat. Iím focused on getting that moment of revelation, of insight, of poignancy, of meaning.~ Joyce Tenneson, O, 5/01

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is...the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own. ~ Richard Avedon

A picture is like a prayer; youíre offering a prayer to get something, and in a sense itís like a gift of God because you have practically no controlóat least I donít. ~ Harry Callahan

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. ~ Berenice Abbott

I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated. ~ James Nachtwey

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. ~ Dorothea Lange

Luck is the attentive photographer's best teacher. ~ John Swarkowski

Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold. ~ W. Eugene Smith

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