Category : Quote Cards


Approach the subject on tiptoe, even if it is a still-life. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography as Art

The very question of whether photography is or is not an art is essentially a misleading one.


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams

Socially Concerned Photography

“Socially concerned photographers assume that their work can convey some kind of stable meaning, can reveal truth. But partly because the photograph is, always, an object in a context, this meaning is bound to drain away; that is, the context which shapes whatever immediate—in particular, political—uses the photograph may have is inevitably succeeded by contexts in which such uses are weakened and become progressively less relevant.”

Television vs Photography

Photographs may be more memorable than moving images, because they are a neat slice of time, not a flow. Television is a stream of underselected images, each of which cancels its predecessor. Each still photograph is a privileged moment, turned into a slim object that one can keep and look at again. Susan Sontag On Photography, 1979  

Why take photos?

I take photographs to see what the world looks like, photographed. – Garry Winogrand

Film and Music

  “I would say that there is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect. And film is mainly rhythm; it is inhalation and exhalation in continuous sequence.” Ingmar Bergman