Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Inspiration from my favorite photographers

Throughout my career as a photographer I've been inspired not only by the images created by the artists I admire, but also by their words.  Here are some quotes by some of my favorite well-known photographers who have motivated me throughout the years.  Where do you look for inspiration?

Eve Arnold via Magnum
"If the photographer is  interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is  compassionate, it's already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but  the photographer." - Eve Arnold
                                   
"I think if I ever get satisfied, I’ll have to stop. It’s the frustration that drives you.- Eve Arnold

Peter Lindbergh
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be  anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision  against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves  of the ordinary." - Peter  Lindbergh

Elliott Erwitt via Magnum


"To  me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something  interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with  the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.- Elliott Erwitt






Elliott Erwitt via Pleasure Photo Room

                             

Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau
"If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time."   - Robert  Doisneau

Angelina and Maddox by Annie Leibovitz via Vanity Fair
"I'm more interested in being good than being famous."- Annie Leibovitz
Irving Penn via Pleasure Photo Room
"A good photograph is one that communicate a  fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having  seen it. It is, in a word, effective."  - Irving  Penn

Richard Avedon via Iconic Photos
"And if a day goes by without  my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had  forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life  possible."  - Richard Avedon
"… put your camera around your neck along with  putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that  shares your life with you.- Dorothea Lange  

Henri Cartier-Bresson via Magnum
"Above  all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single  photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling  itself before my eyes."  -  Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Photographers  deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have  vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back  again.- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sally Mann
"...I struggle with enormous discrepancies: between the reality of motherhood and the image of it, between my love for my home and the need to travel, between the varied and seductive paths of the heart. The lessons of impermanance, the occasional despair and the muse, so tenuously moored, all visit their needs upon me and I dig deeply for the spiritual utilities that restore me: my love for the place, for the one man left, for my children and friends and the great green pulse of spring."  - Sally Mann 

To see more inspiring words, check out my Pinterest board Things People Say.  






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