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  • I often think of my work as visual haiku. It is an attempt to evoke and suggest through as few elements as possible rather than to describe with tremendous detail.

  • We are in a privileged and sometimes happy position. We see a great deal of the world. Our obligation is to pass it on to others.

  • 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.

  • Fossils work almost the same way as photography as a record of history. The accumulation of time and history becomes a negative of the image. And this negative comes off, and the fossil is the positive side. This is the same as the action of photography.

    "Tradition: Hiroshi Sugimoto". ART21 interview,
  • Reaching a 'creative' state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for 'inspiration'.

  • Photography works hand in glove with image and memory and therefore possesses their notable epidemic power.

    Georges Didi-Huberman (2008). “Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz”, p.23, University of Chicago Press
  • I'm not particularly invested in, nor do I really care about, photography in a general sense. It's a medium that's relatively ubiquitous, readily accessible, and that I have some facility with, so it makes sense for me to use it.

    Photography   Use   Care  
  • It is very hard to say where you're going until you get there. That kind of thing is based very much on instinct. As a photographer, one of the most important lessons I have learnt is that you have to learn to listen to and trust your own instinct. It has helped to guide me - this far at least.

  • ... the thing that's happening today vis-á-vis computer imaging, vis-á-vis alteration, is that it no longer needs to be based on the real at all. I don't want to get into jargon - let's just say that photography to me no longer pertains to the rhetoric of realism; it pertains more perhaps to the rhetoric of the unreal rather than the real or of course the hyperreal.

  • The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don't belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.

  • Quality doesn't mean deep blacks and whatever tonal range. That's not quality, that's a kind of quality. The pictures of Robert Frank might strike someone as being sloppy-the tone range isn't right and things like that-but they're far superior to the pictures of Ansel Adams with regard to quality, because the quality of Ansel Adams, if I may say so, is essentially the quality of a postcard. But the quality of Robert Frank is a quality that has something to do with what he's doing, what his mind is. It's not balancing out the sky to the sand and so forth. It's got to do with intention.

    Photography   Mean   Sky  
  • To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression. And this organization, this precision, will always escape you, if you do not appreciate what a picture is, if you do not understand that the composition, the logic, the equilibrium of the surfaces and values are the only ways of giving meaning to all that is continuously appearing and vanishing before our very eyes.

  • For me, photography is not a means by which to create beautiful art, but a unique way of encountering genuine reality

  • I can go into the wilderness and not see anyone for days and experience a kind of space that hasn't changed for tens of thousands of years. Having that experience was necessary to my perception of how photography can look at the changes humanity has brought about in the landscape. My work does become a kind of lament.

    "As nature bleeds, Edward Burtynsky gets the big picture" by Kenneth Baker, July 06, 2005.
  • What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me.

  • Polaroid, you know, goes against everything that photography is now. You can't make multiples. Only one exists. I love that. By the way, while we've been talking I've now seen a total of three people I know walking on 8th street.

  • I'm shooting a gangbanger, but as a dignified man. That's pretty much what war photography did: seeing images of soldiers in a dignified way. They might have been killers in Vietnam, but I'm seeing another side of them, and looking at images of the the American soldiers, also the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong - I never saw an enemy.

    Photography   War   Men  
  • Photography is a lot like telling a large predatory cat what to do-while an audience of people you can't see watches you.

  • Photography has always been capable of manipulation.

    "False witness" by Charlotte Higgins, March 10, 2004.
  • My father did advertising photography.

  • I suffered first as a child from discrimination, poverty ... So I think it was a natural follow from that that I should use my camera to speak for people who are unable to speak for themselves.

  • I tell you (dogmatically, if you like to call it so, knowing it well) a square inch of man's engraving is worth all the photographs that were ever dipped in acid... Believe me, photography can do against line engraving just what Madame Tussaud's wax-work can do against sculpture. That and no more. (1865)

  • ...throughout the history of art it has been art itself - in all its forms - that has inspired's photographs are so geared to life that one can learn more from them than from life itself.

    Photography   Art   Today  
  • This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.

    Edward Weston, Nancy Newhall (1990). “The daybooks of Edward Weston”
  • The camera has its own kind of consciousness; in the lens the Garden of Eden itself would become ever so slightly too perfect.

    Arthur Miller (2012). “Timebends: A Life”, p.463, A&C Black
  • In the end, maybe the correct language would be how the fact of putting four edges around a collection of information or facts transforms it. A photograph is not what was photographed, it's something else.

  • I don't write as many songs as I used to. But, I find myself writing for social media more - times have changed. And I love photography, so a lot of my creative energy gets caught up that way.

    "Arlo Guthrie celebrates 50 years of 'Alice'". Interview with Tammy Paolino, November 19, 2015.
  • I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn't have a personal vision or doesn't communicate emotion fails.

  • I am trying to make some kind of connection to what is going on in the world, to make some sort of contact. And I use the instruments that our modern world offers, these extraordinary instruments of photography and film and computers.

  • Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.

    Life   Photography   Hate  
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