One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and turn on. It's on all the time.— Annie Leibovitz
The most proven Annie Leibovitz quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
Everyone has a point of view. Some people call it style, but what we're really talking about is the guts of a photograph. When you trust your point of view, that's when you start taking pictures.
When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.
A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.
When I'm asked about my work, I try to explain that there is no mystery involved. It is work. But things happen all the time that are unexpected, uncontrolled, unexplainable, even magical. The work prepares you for that moment. Suddenly the clouds roll in and the soft light you longed for appears.
As a young person, and I know it’s hard to believe that I was shy, but you could take your camera, and it would take you to places: it was like having a friend, like having someone to go out with and look at the world. I would do things with a camera I wouldn’t do normally if I was just by myself.
In this day and age of things moving so, so fast, we still long for things to stop, and we as a society love the still image. Every time there is some terrible or great moment, we remember the stills.
A photograph is just a tiny slice of a subject.
A piece of them in a moment. It seems presumptuous to think you can get more than that.
You have trust in what you think. If you splinter yourself and try to please everyone, you can't.
When you are on assignment, film is the least expensive thing in a very practical sense. Your time, the person's time, turns out to be the most valuable thing.
I was out there with the White House press squad, and after his helicopter took off, and the carpet rolled up...This wasn't a photograph that others were taking, but I continued to take pictures.
I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone.
You have trust in what you think. If you splinter yourself and try to please everyone, you can’t. It’s important to stay the course. I don’t think I would have lasted this long if I’d listened to anyone. You have to listen somewhat and then put that to the side and know that what you do matters.
If it makes you cry, it goes in the show.
Everyone keeps asking you for pictures, and after a while you get tired of that.
I always say, They are in the archives.
If I didn't have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist.
The pictures of my family were designed to be on a family wall, they were supposed to be together. It was supposed to copy my mother's wall in her house.
I'm pretty used to people not liking having their picture taken.
I mean, if you do like to have your picture taken, I worry about you.
A photograph is just a little, teeny-weeny, small piece of life.
I feel like I see so much more than what I can actually get.
Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter.
Photography is not something you retire from.
It's hard to watch something go on and be talking at the same time.
I’d like to think that the actions we take today will allow others in the future to discover the wonders of landscapes we helped protect but never had the chance to enjoy ourselves.
People buy ideas, they don't buy photographs.
When I was younger, I did things with a camera I would not do by myself.
I remember going down to the docks in San Francisco and asking a fisherman if he would take me out on his boat. I would never do that without a camera.
I sometimes find the surface interesting.
To say that the mark of a good portrait is whether you get them or get the soul - I don't think this is possible all of the time.
No one ever thought Clint Eastwood was funny, but he was.
Irving Penn said he didn't want to photograph anyone under 60, and I think there is some truth about it.
My early childhood equipped me really well for my portrait work: The quick encounter, where you are not going to know the subject for very long. These days I am much more comfortable with the fifteen minute relationship, than I am with a life long relationship.
I don't try to overintellectua lize my concepts of people.
In fact, the ideas I have, if you talk about them, they seem extremely corny and it's only in their execution that people can enjoy them...It's something I've learned to trust: The stupider it is, the better it looks.
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.
All dancers are, by and large, a photographer's dream.
They communicate with their bodies and they are trained to be completely responsive to a collaborative situation.
The subjects felt more comfortable if they played the role than if they had to be themselves.
Nature is so powerful, so strong. It takes you to a place within yourself.
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.
Photography's like this baby that needs to be fed all the time. It's always hungry.
Things happen in front of you. That's perhaps the most wonderful and mysterious aspect of photography.
Most people, especially successful people, are hard-working.
They want to participate. They want to do things well.
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.
I fight to take a good photograph every single time.
As you get older, you have different tools, and you learn to use photography differently.
I've always cared more about taking pictures than about the art market.
I love having the photograph in my hand.
I love looking at the photograph. I love looking at a box of photographs. I just love the still photograph.
A lot can be told from what happens in between the main moments.
...I gave up on being a journalist - I thought having a point of view was more important than being objective.
When I take a picture I take 10 percent of what I see.
When you involve people, they come out, you see them, you get to see their sense of humor.