Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

— George Eastman.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Inspiration - Self Portraiture

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“The ability to make a truly artistic photograph is not acquired off-hand, but is the result of an artistic instinct coupled with years of labor.”    

Man Ray - 1924
"To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph."

“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds.”

"The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way."

"The invisible has to be pictured,
the unspeakable has to be said,
the unthinkable has to be dreamed,
the intangible has to be held tight"

"To me the face – the eyes, the expression of the mouth – is the thing that reflects character. It is the only part of the body that permits us to see the inner person!"

"A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page."

"For me the subject of a picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated."

"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person."

"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."

"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."

"...all photographs are selfportraits."
               —Minor White

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