Life itself is not the reality. We are the ones who put life into stones and pebbles.

— Frederick Sommer

The most practical Frederick Sommer quotes to get the best of your day

Ideas and thoughts collide and sort themselves out in these fruitful collisions.

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My photographs are not pure: they are a seething wealth of imperfection.

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The coherent way of investigating any field is to examine its possible relatedness to other things.

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The smallest modification of tonality affects structure.

Some things have to be rather large, but elegance is the presentation of things in their minimum dimensions.

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Choice and chance structure art and nature.

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I could take a cow and implant a camera in it and let it amble around the city or in its own domain (I say a cow because a human being I would not trust). If the camera was programmed to go off at an indeterminate series of moments, the samplings would be fantastic.

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Words represent images: nothing can be said for which there is no image.

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Some speak of a return to nature, I wonder where they could have been?

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In total acceptance, almost everything becomes a revelation.

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Poetic and speculative photographs can result if one works carefully and accurately, yet letting chance relationships have full play.

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Art is not arbitrary. A fine painting is not there by accident; it is not arrived at by chance. We are sensitive to tonalities.

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Art is the splendor of reality before everything has become meaning.

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About Frederick Sommer

Quotes 25 sayings
Profession Visual Artist
Birthday September 7, 1905

We work for that part of our vision which is uncompleted.

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Everything is shared by everything else; there are no discontinuities.

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Photography is a distributive act leading to a privileged condition.

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The field of action of a photograph should be that chessboard of the heart and mind upon which poetry and art have always operated

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Ideas and art are the possibility of an answer tomorrow.

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The Art of Vermeer must have been there on the morning of creation.

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The only way to understand something is to be confronted by something that is difficult to understand.

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... art is images you carry. You cannot carry nature with you, but you carry images of nature. When you go out to make a picture you find you are moved by something which is in agreement with an image you already held within yourself.

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If I could find them (assemblages) in nature I would photograph them.

I make them because through photography I have a knowledge of things that can't be found.

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Art accepts what it finds.

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Art and accident are one.

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Reality is greater than our dreams.

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