‘There are many schools of painting. Why should there not be many schools of photographic art? There is hardly a right and a wrong in these matters, but there is truth, and that should form the basis of all works of art.’
Alfred Stieglitz (American photographer and modern art promoter) – January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946.
‘I didn’t write the rules. Why would I follow them?’
W. Eugene Smith (American photojournalist) – December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978
‘With a short lens I can reveal the hidden things near at hand, with a long lens the hidden things far away. The telephoto lens provides a new visual sensation for people: it widens their horizons. And, conversely, the things under our nose invariably look good when blown up really big.’
Andreas Feininger (American photographer and writer) – December 27, 1906 – February 18, 1999
‘Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.’
Yousuf Karsh (Armenian-Canadian photographer) – December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002
‘…as soon as I grab a camera, all uncertainty vanishes.’
Bettina Rheims (French photographer) – December 18, 1952 (age 66)
‘The locomotives are black. The coal is black. The tracks are black. The night is black. So what am I going to do with color?’
O. Winston Link (American photographer best known for his photographs of the Norfolk & Western Railroad) – December 16, 1914 – January 30, 2001.
‘People will never understand the patience a photographer requires to make a great photograph, all they see is the end result. I can stand in front of a leaf with a dew drop, or a rain drop, and stay there for ages just waiting for the right moment. Sure, people think I’m crazy, but who cares? I see more than they do!‘
Alfred Eisenstaedt (German-born American photographer and photojournalist) – December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995.
‘I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life.’
Robert Capa (Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist) – October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954.
‘The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.’
Paul Strand (American photographer and filmmaker) – October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976.
‘Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture’
Don McCullin (British photojournalist) – October 9, 1935 (age 83).