Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Bill Brandt (9 quotes)

(1904-1983)
an influential British photographer and photojournalist known for his high-contrast images of British society and his distorted nudes and landscapes. Brandt became Britain's most influential and internationally admired photographer of the 20th century. Many of his works have important social commentary but also poetic resonance. His landscapes and nudes are dynamic, intense and powerful, often using wide-angle lenses and distortion.
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"Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare... Photography has no rules. It is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved. "
Photography > General
Quote #69
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"A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere. They are often momentary, chance-sent things: a gleam of light on water, a trail of smoke from a passing train, a cat crossing a threshold, the shadows cast by a setting sun. Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates. Leaving out of question the deliberately posed or arranged photograph, it is usually some incidental detail that heightens the effect of a picture – stressing a pattern, deepening the sense of atmosphere. But the photographer must be able to recognize instantly such effects."
Source: Mostly Photography
Photography > Photographer
Quote #223
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"Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! "
Photography > General
Quote #519
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"It is essential for the photographer to know the effect of his lenses. The lens is his eye, and it makes or ruins his pictures. A feeling for composition is a great asset. I think it is very much a matter of instinct. It can perhaps be developed, but I doubt if it can be learned. To achieve his best work, the young photographer must discover what really excites him visually. He must discover his own world. "
Source: Jay, Bill. Views on Nudes. 1971
Photography > Equipment
Quote #520
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"But I did not always know just what it was I wanted to photograph. I believe it is important for a photographer to discover this, for unless he finds what it is that excites him, what it is that calls forth at once an emotional response, he is unlikely to achieve his best work."
Source: "Camera in London", The Focal Press, London 1948, p. 10
Photography > Photographer
Quote #521
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"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. Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field. It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right. It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual’s temperament and environment."
Source: "Camera in London", The Focal Press, London 1948, p. 14
Photography > Photographer
Quote #522
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"I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the center of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive."
Source: "Camera in London", The Focal Press, London 1948, p. 13
Photography > Photographer
Quote #523
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"By temperament I am not unduly excitable and certainly not trigger-happy. I think twice before I shoot and very often do not shoot at all. By professional standards I do not waste a lot of film; but by the standards of many of my colleagues I probably miss quite a few of my opportunities. Still, the things I am after are not in a hurry as a rule. "
Source: "Camera in London", The Focal Press, London 1948, p. 18
Photography > Photographer
Quote #524
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"If there is any method in the way I take pictures, I believe it lies in this: See the subject first. Do not try to force it to be a picture of this, that or the other thing. Stand apart from it. Then something will happen. The subject will reveal itself."