A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person.— Saul Leiter
Genuine Art Photography quotations
Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence.
You don't make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
The desire to discover, the desire to move, to capture the flavor, three concepts that describe the art of photography.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow.
Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people's consciousness... No form of representation is so readily comprehensible to the masses as photography.
The observer must learn to look at the picture as a graphic representation of a mood and not as a representation of objects.
To me, photography is an art of observation.
It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Nowadays, with digital printing, it's so easy to make everything perfect, which is not always a good idea. Sometimes the mistakes are really what make a piece.
I want to take some quite incredible photographs that have never been taken before... pictures which are simple and complex at the same time, which will amaze and overwhelm people ... I must achieve this so that photography can begin to be considered a form of art.
I can get obsessed by anything if i look at it long enough.
That's the curse of being a photographer.
Art is all about doing what you shouldn't.
The pictures are there, and you just take them.
There are two dirty words in photography, one is art, the other is good taste
Never stop looking, no matter where you are, everywhere there are good photographs
Science strives for answers, but art is happy with a good question.
What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
In a sense, every work you do is a self-portrait because your paintings always reveal more about you than about your subject. Your experience of something, not the something itself, is the true underlying subject of every work you do.
It's about finding meaning through light.
I'm always interested in tensions. A primary one is the collision between the familiar and the strange.
We think of photography as pictures. And it is. But I think of photography as ideas. And do the pictures sustain your ideas or are they just good pictures? I want to have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience, that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious.
A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera 'saw' a piece of time and space.
Photography does not create eternity, as art does;
it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.
I always wanted to be a photographer.
I was fascinated with the materials, but I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane.
Anyone can take pictures. What's difficult is thinking about them, organizing them, and trying to use them in some way so that some meaning can be constructed out of them. That's really where the work of the artist begins.
When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.
I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality...to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?
Photography is the easiest art, which perhaps makes it the hardest.
Photography has every right and every merit to claim our attention as the art of our age.
The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
It began when I was so ill that there was a good chance of dying.
I promised myself that if I survived I would never again pander to a magazine's requests or follow the ideas of art directors. I would only make images which were personal, which arose out of my own life.
It's seldom you make a great picture.
you have to milk the cow quite a lot to get plenty of milk to make a little cheese.
Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already.