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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.

-Diane Arbus

The meaning of quality in photography's best pictures lies written in the language of vision. That language is learned by chance, not system.

-Walker Evans

Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic.

-Edward Weston

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.

-David Bailey

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. 

-Minor White

A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone.  I don't think this can be true for photography.  Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty.  We won't take an interest in it. 

-John Loengard, "Pictures Under Discussion"

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

-Elizabeth Bowen

It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours. 

-James Lalropui Keivom

Photography is truth.

-Jean-Luc Godard

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.

-Arnold Newman

I hate cameras.  They are so much more sure than I am about everything.

-John Steinbeck

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. 

-Richard Avedon

The camera can photograph thought. 

-Dirk Bogarde

The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.

-Terence Donovan

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.

-Berenice Abbott

You don't take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it. 

-Author Unknown

Grand Luncheonette, 42nd Street, 1995 (demolished)

Capitol Records, 1985

Summer of Love, 2006

Berlin Wall, 1996

Ernest Tubbs, Nashville, 2004