Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Roland Barthes (7 quotes)

(1915-1980)
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"The photographic image... is a message without a code."
Photography > General
Quote #101
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"Ultimately, Photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks."
Source: Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida, 1980
Photography > General
Quote #568
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"'The necessary condition for an image is sight,' Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: 'We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.'"
Photography > General
Quote #569
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"The realists do not take the photograph for a 'copy' of reality, but for an emanation of past reality, a magic, not an art."
Source: Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida, 1980
Photography > General
Quote #570
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"All young photographers who are at work in the world, determined upon the capture of actuality, do not know that they are agents of Death."
Source: Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida, 1980
Photography > Photographer
Quote #571
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"The Photograph belongs to that class of laminated objects whose two leaves cannot be separated without destroying them both: the windowpane and the landscape, and why not: Good and Evil, desire and its object: dualities we can conceive but not perceive... Whatever it grants to vision and whatever its manner, a photograph is always invisible: it is not it that we see."
Photography > General
Quote #588
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"What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially."
Photography > General
Quote #589
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