‘You know what always amazed me? That none of the beautiful women I’ve photographed ever thought they were beautiful. Ava (Gardner) didn’t. Marilyn (Monroe) didn’t. Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t. Such a waste.’
Terry O’Neill (English photographer) – July 30, 1938 (age 81).
‘The work I care about is terribly simple. I observe, I try to entertain, but above all, I want pictures that are emotional.’
Elliott Erwitt (American advertising and documentary photographer) – July 26, 1928 (age 91).
‘If anyone gets in my way when I’m making a picture, I become irrational. I’m never sure what I am going to do, or sometimes even aware of what I do, only that I want that picture’
Margaret Bourke-White (American documentary photographer) – June 14, 1904 – August 27 1971.
When a mother takes pictures of her children on the beach, she doesn’t take herself for an artist; she does it for love, which is an excellent reason, from my point of view.’
Martin Parr (British documentary photographer and photojournalist) – May 23 1952 (age 67)
‘I always had the feeling that something was going to happen in front of me, and when it did I wanted my camera to be there.’
Carl Mydans (American photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration and Life magazine.) – May 20, 1907 – August 16 2004.
‘Dreadful things bring dreadful pictures.’
Bert Hardy (English documentary and press photographer) – May 19, 1913 – July 3 1995.
‘It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.’
Bill Brandt (British photographer and photojournalist) – May 2, 1904 – December 20, 1983.
‘Remember that the person you are photographing is 50% of the portrait and you are the other 50%. You need the model as much as he or she needs you. If they don’t want to help you, it will be a very dull picture.’
Patrick Lichfield (English photographer and 5th Earl of Lichfield) – April 25, 1939 – November 11, 2005.
‘[Being a great photojournalist is] a matter of getting out on a damn limb and sawing it off behind you.’
Elizabeth “Lee” Miller (American fashion model, photographer and war correspondent) – April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977.
‘My grandfather killed himself falling off the dike in Ostend while photographing my two cousins. This can happen so easily when looking through a lens: for a split second nothing else exists outside the frame.’
Martine Franck (Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation) – April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012.