one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.
‐ Irving Penn
a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode ‐ from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage ‐ the intent and purpose of photography is to render, in visual terms, feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected.
‐ Ralph Gibson
when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.
‐ Henri Cartier-Bresson
I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
– Ansel Adams
be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
– Cecil Beaton