Quotes About Photographs

Quotes tagged as "photographs" (showing 1-30 of 88)
Ansel Adams
“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
Ansel Adams

Aleksandar Hemon
“When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not.”
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

Alan Moore
“It's funny, but certain faces seem to go in and out of style. You look at old photographs and everybody has a certain look to them, almost as if they're related. Look at pictures from ten years later and you can see that there's a new kind of face starting to predominate, and that the old faces are fading away and vanishing, never to be seen again.”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

Diane Arbus
“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.”
Diane Arbus

Amit Kalantri
“A photograph shouldn't be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Diane Arbus
“What I'm trying to describe is that it's impossible to get out of your skin into somebody else's.... That somebody else's tragedy is not the same as your own.”
Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus
“One thing that struck me early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in.”
Diane Arbus

Anita Shreve
“Later, when she sees the photographs for the first time, she will be surprised at how calm her face looks - how steady her gaze, how erect her posture. In the picture her eyes will be slightly closed, and there will be a shadow on her neck. The shawl will be draped around her shoulders, and her hands will rest in her lap. In this deceptive photograph, she will look a young woman who is not at all disturbed or embarrassed, but instead appears to be rather serious. And she wonders if, in its ability to deceive, photography is not unlike the sea, which may offer a benign surface to the observe even as it conceals depths and current below.”
Anita Shreve, Fortune's Rocks

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Imogen Cunningham

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Max had once read in one of his father's books that some childhood images become engraved in the mind like photographs, like scenes you can return to again and again and will always remember, no matter how much time goes by.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Prince of Mist

Hark Herald Sarmiento
“I used to capture the vastness and the immensity of the world and confine it to the limited pages of the parchment.”
Hark Herald Sarmiento

David Foster Wallace
“LaMont, the truth is that the world is incredibly, incredibly, unbelievably old. You suffer with the stunted desire caused by one of its oldest lies. Do not believe the photographs. Fame is not the exit from any cage.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

David J. Schow
“Suppose every photo of me ever taken was an infinitesimal piece? Every magazine ad, every negative, every frame of motion picture film - another tiny molecule of me, stolen away to feed an audience that is *never* satiated. And when someone is fully consumed - vampirized - they move on, still hungry, to pick their next victim by making him or her a star. That's why they're called consumers. ("Red Light")”
David J. Schow, Seeing Red

A.K. Nicholas
“Any files I give to the model are downsized (typically 800x1200 pixels)... By not giving out my high resolution files, they cannot be used without my knowledge.”
A.K. Nicholas, True Confessions of Nude Photography: A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Beautiful Models, Lighting, Photographing Nudes, Post-Processing Images, and Maybe Even Getting Paid to Do It.

W.G. Sebald
“In my photographic work I was always especially entranced, said Austerlitz, by the moment when the shadows of reality, so to speak, emerge out of nothing on the exposed paper, as memories do in the middle of the night, darkening again if you try to cling to them, just like a photographic print left in the developing bath too long.”
W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“I handed the photo back to her. The caretaker gazed at it as if it were a lucky charm, a return ticket to her youth.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Doug Rice
“True photographs tend to remain on the streets, the story almost about to enter the edge of the frame of the snapshot or the shutter closing a moment too late, the story having just abandoned the frame.”
Doug Rice, An Erotics of Seeing: The force of photography as philosophy's broken sentence

Debasish Mridha
“Photographs are the reflection of untold stories, unseen beauties, unexpressed emotions, and the unheard songs of life.”
Debasish Mridha

Mehmet Murat ildan
“A city man taking the picture of a donkey and behaving like he has seen an alien creature must absolutely be photographed as he is certainly more interesting than the donkey itself!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Many cultures accept the faulty nature of memory. They know even the photograph only gets it halfway right. They believe there is only one way to bring the dead back to life, story.”
Jon Chopan, Pulled from the River

“They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. I say its closer to 675 or 700.”
A.E. Samaan

Siri Hustvedt
“Do you know that I can't remember her face? Try as I may, it will not be conjured. I can tell you what she looked like; I can recite a description of her features, part by part, but I cannot evoke the whole face.'
'Don't you have a photograph?'
'Photographs!' He spat out the word. 'I'm talking about true recollection - seeing the face.”
Siri Hustvedt, The Blindfold

Siri Hustvedt
“You really believe that there are subjects that shouldn't be photographed?' George said. He spoke evenly and softly.
'Maybe I do,' I said, thinking aloud.
'You believe in censorship then,' said Stephen.
I looked up at Stephen. His face was tight, combative. 'Not censorship,' I said slowly. 'That's external. I mean control from the inside. After all, pictures can lie, too, can convey falseness rather than truth.”
Siri Hustvedt, The Blindfold

“Air Brushing' is for the insecure!”
Anthony T. Hincks

Chuck Klosterman
“Now, obviously, all old people seem cool whenever we see black-and-white images of their younger selves. It's human nature to inject every old picture with positive abstractions. We can't help ourselves. We all do it. We want those things to be true, because we all hope future generations will have the same thoughts when they come across forgotten photographs of us.”
Chuck Klosterman, The Visible Man

“Looking at old photographs inundates you with a flood of nostalgic emotions! And you can't be sure where you want to swim in the deluge of memories!”
Avijeet Das

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