‘“I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society.’
Man Ray (American visual artist) – August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976.
‘Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing.’
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French photographer) – August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004.
‘Most of my photographs were taken on the spur of the moment, very quickly, just as they occurred. All attention focuses on the specific instant, almost too good to be true, which can only vanish in the following one.’
Willy Ronis (French photographer) – August 14, 1910 – September 12, 2009.
‘The best pictures are uninvited. They are suddenly there in front of you. But they are there one minute and gone the next.’
Jane Bown (English photographer) – March 13, 1925 – December 21, 2014.
‘My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.’
Ernst Haas (Austrian photojournalist and pioneering colour photographer) – March 2, 1921 – September 12, 1986.
‘There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.’
Ansel Easton Adams (American photographer and environmentalist) – February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984.
‘I was surrounded by strong women so it had never even occurred to me that women were anything other than equal to men.’
David Bailey (English fashion and portrait photographer) – January 2, 1938 (age 83)
‘I always kept my equipment down to a minimum two cameras, each with three lenses, a flash that would clip onto the camera body, and one assistant. I did not want to spend time thinking about hardware; I wanted that time to concentrate on the girl and the world around her.’
Helmut Newton (German-Australian photographer) – October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004.
‘I’ve always wanted to be aware of what’s going on around me, and I’ve wanted to use photography as an instrument of research into and reporting on the life of my own time’
Paul Strand (American photographer and filmmaker) – October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976.
‘To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is.’
Margaret Bourke-White (American documentary photographer) – June 14, 1904 – August 27 1971.