Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Edward Weston (30 quotes)

(1886-1958)
An American photographer, and co-founder of Group f/64. Most of his work was done using an 8 by 10 inch view camera.
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"Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately."
Photography > General
Quote #32
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"Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be."
Photography > General
Quote #33
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"The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh."
Source: Wikipedia
Photography > Equipment
Quote #209
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"The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process."
Photography > General
Quote #269
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"Since the recording process is instantaneous, and the nature of the image such that it cannot survive corrective handwork, it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed."
Photography > Technique
Quote #268
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"As great a picture can be made as one's mental capacity--no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others. "
Art > General
Quote #270
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"To compose a subject well means no more than to see and present it in the strongest manner possible."
Photography > Technique
Quote #271
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"Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection..."
Photography > Technique
Quote #272
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"Only with effort can the camera be forced to lie: basically it is an honest medium: so the photographer is much more likely to approach nature in a spirit of inquiry, of communion, instead of with the saucy swagger of self-dubbed "artists"."
Source: Sontag, Susan. "On Photography", Page: 186
Photography > Equipment
Quote #273
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"My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea."
Source: Evans, Harold. "Pictures on a Page : Photo-Journalism, Graphics and Picture Editing", page: 75
Photography > Photographer
Quote #274
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"I start with no preconceived idea - discovery excites me to focus - then rediscovery through the lens - final form of presentation seen on ground glass, the finished print previsioned completely in every detail of texture, movement, proportion, before exposure - the shutter's release automatically and finally fixes my conception, allowing no after manipulation - the ultimate end, the print, is but a duplication of all that I saw and felt through my camera."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #275
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"My true program is summed up in one word: life. I expect to photograph anything suggested by that word which appeals to me."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #276
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"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man."
Photography > Technique
Quote #277
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"One does not think during creative work, any more than one thinks when driving a car. But one has a background of years - learning, unlearning, success, failure, dreaming, thinking, experience, all this - then the moment of creation, the focusing of all into the moment. So I can make 'without thought,' fifteen carefully considered negatives, one every fifteen minutes, given material with as many possibilities. But there is all the eyes have seen in this life to influence me."
Source: Fondiller, Harvey V. "The Best of Popular Photography", page: 280
Creativity > Creating
Quote #278
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"The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?"
Source: Jay, Bill. "Views on Nudes", page: 118
Photography > General
Quote #279
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"The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don't know what to do with it."
Photography > Equipment
Quote #280
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"When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches."
Photography > Technique
Quote #281
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"Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #368
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"Very often people looking at my pictures say, 'You must have had to wait a long time to get that cloud just right (or that shadow, or the light).' As a matter of fact, I almost never wait, that is, unless I can see that the thing will be right in a few minutes. But if I must wait an hour for the shadow to move, or the light to change, or the cow to graze in the other direction, then I put up my camera and go on, knowing that I am likely to find three subjects just as good in the same hour."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #369
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"I see no reason for recording the obvious."
Source: Newhall, Beaumont and Weston, Edward. "The Daybooks of Edward Weston", Volume II. Page 252.
Photography > Photographer
Quote #370
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"Anything that excites me, for any reason, I will photograph: not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual, nor indulging in extraordinary technique to attract attention."
Source: Newhall, Beaumont and Weston, Edward. "The Daybooks of Edward Weston", Volume II. Page 155.
Photography > Photographer
Quote #371
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"My way of working – I start with no preconceived idea... discovery excites me to focus – then rediscovery though the lens – final form of presentation seen on ground glass, the finished print previsioned complete in every detail of texture, movement, proportion, before exposure – the shutter's release automatically and finally fixes my conception, allowing no after manipulation – the ultimate end, the print, is but a duplication of all I saw and felt through the camera. "
Source: Newhall, Beaumont and Weston, Edward. "The Daybooks of Edward Weston", Volume II.
Photography > Photographer
Quote #372
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"The... arguments against photography ever being considered a fine art are: the element of chance which enters in, finding things ready-made for a machine to record, and of course the mechanics of the medium. ...I say that chance enters into all branches of art: a chance word or phrase starts a new trend of thought in a writer, a chance sound may bring a new melody to a musician, a chance combination of lines, new composition to a painter. ...Chance – which in reality is not chance – but being ready, attuned to one's surroundings – and grasp my opportunity.... "
Source: Newhall, Beaumont and Weston, Edward. "The Daybooks of Edward Weston", Volume II.
Photography > Photographer
Quote #373
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"I was extravagant in the matter of cameras – anything photographic – I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest – or without. "
Source: Newhall, Beaumont and Weston, Edward. "The Daybooks of Edward Weston", Volume II. Page 159.
Photography > Equipment
Quote #374
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"I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect."
Source: Wikipedia
Photography > Equipment
Quote #512
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"...the pepper is beginning to show signs of strain, and tonight should grace a salad. It has been suggested that I am a cannibal to eat my models. (referring to his famous photo "Pepper #30")"
"People who wouldn't think of taking a sieve to the well to draw water fail to see the folly in taking a camera to make a painting."
Photography > General
Quote #567
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"Clouds, torsos, shells, peppers, trees, rocks, smoke stacks, are but interdependent, interrelated parts of a whole, which is life."
Source: LensWork. Issue 77, Page 42
Uncategorized > Uncategorized
Quote #640
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"This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock."
Source: LensWork. Issue 77, Page 43
Photography > General
Quote #641
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"The creative force in man recognizes and records these rhythms with the medium most suitable to him, the object, or the moment, feeling the cause, the life within the outer form. Recording unfelt facts, acquired by rule, results in sterile inventory. To see the Thing Itself is essential: the quintessence revealed direct without the fog of impressionism - the casual noting of the superficial phase, a transitory mood."
Source: LensWork. Issue 77, Page 42
Creativity > General
Quote #642
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