Note - from Dec19, quotes will be held in the course blogs. These early ones might be integrated at some point.
A gathering of quotes on photography and peripheral matters. Organisation might be an issue over time: the first notion is to index key words.
If one wishes to understand the art of our time one must go beyond appearance.
Sol LeWitt (sculptor)
As I get older with the camera in my hand, I realize that all the different things that I depict in my photographs are ultimately rooted in my childhood memories, the various things I have seen and experienced in the postwar years of the early 1950s.
Almost all photographers have incurred large expenses in the pursuit of tiny audiences, finding that the wonder they'd hoped to share is something few want to.
Why People Photograph: Selected Essays and Reviews (ed. 1994)
The photographer edits the meanings and patterns of the world through an imaginary frame. This frame is beginning of his picture's geometry. It is to the photograph as the cushion is to the billiard table.
The Photographer's Eye p. 70
When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.
Quoted in Carroll's Photograpers on Photography, p. 54
In a painting, all content becomes form. It can’t be any kind of documentary. A piece of information will become a gesture. That’s just an effect of this process.
If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.
National Geographic 24Jun18
The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.
It's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary … it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.
A photograph is a copy of what is in front of the camera at the moment of, and for the duration of, the exposure, as modified by subsequent processing. There are exceptions.
Me, September 2018. Let's see how that changes during the course.
If photography needs to make sense you might not be doing it right.
Eric L. Woods
Woods' web site
"… Gibbs was a purveyor of exceptional and intriguing pieces who believed that taste itself was not something that could be learnt. “It’s something you catch,” he said, “like measles or religion.” His position as a style guru was assured when he became an editor of Men in Vogue, which was published between 1965 and 1970, coinciding with the “peacock revolution” in English men’s fashion. Being a dandy is what he excelled at. “You had to be monumentally narcissistic and have time on your hands, and just about enough money to do it,” he declared."
Times obituary, 30th July 2018