Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Frank Van Riper (4 quotes)

An award-winning author, photographer and journalist. For 20 years he was a member of the Washington Bureau of the New York Daily News, serving as White House correspondent, national political correspondent and Washington Bureau news editor. He has been the photography columnist for the Washington Post since 1992. His collected columns were published in 2002 in the book Talking Photography..
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"In my view, a photographer is someone who photographs. Not someone who thinks about photographing, or who wants to photograph, but someone who does it, preferably day in and day out."
"You started to love making photographs after you saw the first magical results from your Brownie. Something in you resonated over the process of picture-taking the same way that riding a horse for the first time, or hitting a ball, or listening to music resonated with other people, with different joys and different inborn talents. And you kept on doing it."
"Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to think that your creative output would be doubled if you just spent the rent money on a better camera. Better you should spend a fraction of that total on a few more photography books so you can study the images therein to better use the camera you already have."
"...looking at, studying, and absorbing good photography serves the same purpose for a beginning photographer. That is because learning the components of a good image - composition, lighting, gesture - and seeing those elements used differently over and over by different masters, makes it easier for a person to achieve the same end on his or her own over time. And there is simply is no alternative to this, no shortcut."