“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Rules of composition are deduced from the work of strong masters and used by weak imitators to produce, nothing.”

Edward Weston

“When asked about composition: “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

Ansel Adams

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

Ansel Adams

“Actually, one does not, or I do not, consciously disregard composition, or try to break “rules”. I see things in my own way, thus establishing precedents, or making new rules, for others to follow.”

Edward Weston

“So composition cannot be taught. Rules of composition are theories deducted by the disciples of some master who without thought of how or why, recorded his own intense observations in his own way. Others then copy and set to formulae.”

Edward Weston

“If you would stop the shouting of your own thoughts in your ears, you might be able to hear the small voice of a photograph, a painting. Or a pine cone in the sun.  Therefore, before seeing can start, some way must be learned to push aside, at least temporarily, your personal and largely irrelevant, if not actually trivial thoughts.”

Minor White

“If your pictures are not good enough, you are not close enough.”

Robert Capa

“Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ah-ha.”

Ernst Has

“Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.”

Morley Baer

“In photography visual organization can stem only from a developed instinct. Photography is an immediate reaction.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Unless a photographer worships formulas, he needs to be encouraged to see everything, to evaluate everything that comes before his eyes.”

Minor White

“Makeshift as workshops are, inadequate as they must be, nevertheless if any progress is being made in the education of visual-minded people though photography or art today, it is happening in isolated workshops around the country. When asked “you ask me to help you learn to communicate or to speak with a camera. I hope that you will not be offended if you acquire and accent?  No?”

Minor White

“The workshop’s goal is not to create formulas, but to create individuals with a clear vision and visual voice.”

Richard Dischler

“Seeing as a camera is linked to seeing and concentration by the practice of Pre-visualization.”

Minor White

“If you can’t find something worth to photograph within forty feet of where you stand, you are not seeing.”

Ruth Bernhard

“Never forget that all of the great photographs in history were made with more primitive equipment than you currently own.”

Brooks Jensen

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

Diane Arbus

“Available light is any damn light that is available.”

W. Eugene Smith

“The more words used on, about, around an image, the less the image has to say.”

Richard Dischler

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it.”

Sam Abell

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Thinking creates a rift between the physical self and the surrounding word.”

James Balog

“This unexpected image was the record of an inner state that I did not remember seeing and did not remember experiencing at the moment of exposure.”

Minor White

“The provisioned image, as seen through the camera, is perpetuated at the moment of clearest understanding, of the most intense emotional response. Technique and equipment must coincide with intuition and then realization on the part of the photographer.”

Edward Weston

“In the end does “it” not all come down to seeing the reveal before us…seeing the “Rhein” the rhythm of previously hidden truths.”

Richard Dischler

“Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”

Warren Buffett

“I don’t paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.”

Henri Matisse

“When I look at photographs I couldn’t care less “how”.”

Ray Metzker

“I never wanted to make portraits-to photograph celebrities, beautiful people, beautiful buildings, or people in distressing situations… I have always been interested in everyman-average, ordinary people in everyday situations.”

Ray Metzker

“I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing.  To me, that makes photography more exciting.”

Harry Callahan

“We look at the world and see what we have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.”

Aron Siskind

“I am known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get.”

Bruce Gilden

“If you don’t see it you don’t get it. If you see you’ll get it.”

Kenro Izu

“I try to teach students to try to see with your eyes not through the camera because through the camera is always something different.”

Kenro Izu

“Photographers should follow their own judgment, and not the fads and dictates of others.”

Bill Brandt

“No amount of toying with shades of print or with printing papers will transform a commonplace photograph into anything other than a commonplace photograph.”

Bill Brandt

“Photography is not a sport. It has no rules.”

Bill Brandt

“Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness. If you let other people’s vision get between the world and your own, you will achieve that extremely common and worthless thing, a pictorial photograph.”

Paul Strand

“No matter what lens you use, no matter what speed the film, no matter how you develop it, no matter how you print it, you cannot say more than you can see.”

Paul Strand

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

Paul Caponigro

“When people ask what equipment I use, camera, lens and all that baggage, I look for patience before I reply because I understand that for so many those details are what they have “learned” to dwell on.  So I just point to my head and say the space between my ears; my eyes.”

Richard Dischler

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.  You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”

Joan Miro

“I want to get a real sense of intimate connection with each of the animals – with that particular lion or elephant in front of me. I believe that being that close to the animal makes a huge difference in the photographers ability to reveal its personality. You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.”

Nick Brandt

“A few words about the question of whether photography is art or not: I never understood the question.”

Ernst Haas

“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.”

Ernst Haas

“Learn by doing or even better unlearn by doing.”

Ernst Haas

“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”

Ernst Haas

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”

Ernst Haas

“I’ve often asked groups and individuals just where is the image?  Is it found in the destination or the location?”

Richard Dischler

“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.”

Arnold Newman

“I didn’t set out to do something different so much as do something that interested me. I wasn’t trying to be avant-garde – that’s being fashionable. You don’t set out to revolutionize art, you make statements for yourself.”

Arnold Newman

“The thing about being “fashionable” or trendy is that there is always a new day.  Yet there are images that live forever not just a trend.”

Richard Dischler

“A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page.”

Irving Penn

“All good art is abstract in its structure.”

Paul Strand

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”

Paul Strand

“One can always in their heart sense a posed image. It looks so familiar in its attempt to make a statement. Buy the post-card, save yourself and others the eventual embarrassment.”

Richard Dischler

“Sharpness is overrated.”

Keith Carter

“As I progressed further with my project, it became obvious that it was really unimportant where I chose to photograph. The particular place simply provided an excuse to produce work… you can only see what you are ready to see – what mirrors your mind at that particular time.”

George Tice

“Some speak of a return to nature. I wonder where they could have been.”

Frederick Sommer

“Art and accident are one.”

Frederick Sommer

“Ya. Its been said the accidents appear to keep happening to the same ones time and again.”

Richard Dischler

“About the only suggestion Ralph ever made was get closer and get wider.”

Richard Dischler, about Ralph Weiss

“The good photograph is not the object. The consequences of the photograph are the object.”

Dorothea Lange

“Five years earlier, I would have thought it enough to take a picture of a man, no more. But now, I wanted to take a picture of a man as he stood in his world.”

Dorothea Lange

“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, I have only touched it, just touched it.”

Dorothea Lange

“It is rather tiring to see so many paintings coming from photographs. One can only hope that they the painters start drawing from better photographs.”

Richard Dischler

“I do not think it so possible to take a mediocre boring perhaps a scrapbook photo and make it into a “painting”.”

Richard Dischler

“Photography is not an “alga rhythm”, hell I can’t even spell that. Photography is an instinct. An instinct best when trained to see like a child.”

Richard Dischler

“I have never met anyone who wanted to look like everyone else. But yet I see so many posed images.”

Richard Dischler

“Speaking of fashionable it appears that people are now learning the language of caring, how they want to change the world, to work for community. Let’s see the image first. “Sell me later”.”

Richard Dischler

“When Edward Weston said one should be able to look at their feet and see a photo, keep in mind he was a short guy.”

Richard Dischler

“I’ve been told I should be kinder and gentler when it comes to image reviews. Well, at least I am not using a cattle prod.”

Richard Dischler

“I’ve found that in teaching or detoxing I am not just dealing with one at a time, rather with a herd. There is the “herd” knowledge of how “it” should be. I hope always hope that out of the herd comes an individual capable of seeing past ID.”

Richard Dischler

“I so have the feeling that when people talk about community they are hoping we do not hear their real meaning which is commitity.”

Richard Dischler

“So I am not the first to say this but ah it bears repeating just a bit:

Owning a Nikon,

Owning a Canon,

Owning a Sinar,

Owning a Leica

Owning a whatitsname does not make one a photographer.  It just makes one an owner of stuff, of brands.”

Richard Dischler

“Its been said only fools trust words. Trust actions.

Repeated actions.”

Richard Dischler

“I wonder if images would improve if people got their heads out of their apps and started seeing.”

Richard Dischler

“Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future

And time future contained in time past”

T. S. Eliot

“Some have said and I believe it bears repeating: Once an ideal is nailed down it becomes a mere ideology.”

RD And all the Others

“When it comes to the photographic image:  ‘If you don’t like it; you can do it yourself.'”

Minor White/Sam Tung Wu/Myron White

“I could take a cow and implant a camera in it and let is amble around in 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.”

Frederick Sommer

“The Photographer has the power and the talent to make the model come to life.  In the creative state the photographer works from with, not from the model.  In the photographer is the creativity, and when present, the model can be.”

Minor White

“Photographers, when you get accosted by painters who, in their innocence, revive that tiresome old argument that Photography is not an art (which is true), perhaps reply that Painting is not an art.  This last is also true.”

Minor White

“Photography’s potential as a great image-maker and communicator is really no different from the same potential in the best poetry where familiar, everyday words, placed within a special context, can soar above the intellect and touch subtle reality in a unique way.”

Paul Caponigro