‘Experience as a professional photographer has taught me that there is a lot more to photography than the Kodak slogan “You just press the button and we do the rest”‘
Terry Cryer (British jazz and blues photographer) – June 24, 1934 – January 15, 2017.
‘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.
‘I like to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck, a shade better.’
Norman Parkinson, CBE (English portrait and fashion photographer) – April 21, 1913 – February 15, 1990.
‘I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. We talk. We start with the weather, and little by little we get to the important things. When I photograph them it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying class, like a cold and scientific observer. It’s very brotherly. And it’s better, isn’t it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight.’
Robert Doisneau (French photographer) – April 14, 1912 – April 1, 1994.
‘I was very ill at ease with people in social situations, and I realized that if I photographed I wouldn’t have to chat.’
Martine Franck (Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation) – April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012.
‘When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognised as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about it. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is no mean function.’
Edward Steichen (Luxembourgish American photographer, painter and curator) – March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973.
‘Photography was a licence to go whenever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.’
Diane Arbus (American photographer) – March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971.
‘I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.’
David Bailey (English fashion and portrait photographer) – January 2, 1938 (age 82)
‘You can spend three days developing a picture, doing everything, but if it’s no good, it’s no good. Or you could spend five minutes and it could be brilliant. It’s what you produce that counts.’
John Swannell (British photographer) – December 27, 1946 (age 73).
‘I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera. But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window. You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.’
Alfred Eisenstaedt (German-born American photographer and photojournalist) – December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995.