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Talking about pictures

  • "The trouble with photography is that it's been hijacked by the art world."  ... Don McCullin in the New York Times
  • "I’m a photographer, that’s all. Like anything else, not all paintings are art. Not all photographs are art. They might be, but it’s not up to me to say."  ... Josef Koudelka in The Getty Iris
  • "Works of art, by being publicly exhibited and offered for sale, are becoming articles of trade, following the unreasoning laws of markets and fashion"  ... Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, consort of Queen Victoria in a speech to the Royal Academy 1851
  • “The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.”  ... Harold Evans author of Pictures on a Page.
  • “It is difficult to conceive of democracies surviving without credible witnesses.”  ... Fred Ritchin, author of After Photography.
  • “The presence of facts does not mean the truth is present.”  ... David M. Shribman
  • "Photography should register and give us documents."  ... Henri Matisse
  • “Look, I'm not an intellectual - I just take pictures.”  ... Helmut Newton
  • “Few see, most don’t even bother to look.”  ... Fred Herzog
  • “It takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.“  ... David Bailey
  • “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”  ... Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “Ms. Horn always had a lot to say about her work ... some of it is quite interesting, but artists don’t own the meaning of their artworks.”  … from a review by Roberta Smith in the New York Times.
  • “the most ‘successful’ artists of the 21st century, flogging their endless versions of the same idea to know-nothing billionaires.”  ... Julian Barnes in his book "Keeping an Eye Open"
  • “Artists pretend to make art, critics pretend to like it.”  ... Martin Toren attempting to explain post modernism
  • “You want me to say it worse?”  ... Robert Frost on being asked to explain one of his poems.
  • “A lot of what passes for ‘visual literacy’ today is merely visual cynicism...”  ... Susie Linfield author of “The Cruel Radiance”
  • “Galleries don’t exhibit work based on artistic merit. Galleries exhibit work they think they can sell.”  ... Joerg Colberg
  • “Curator’s art is indisputably, even innocuously, elegant, with clear roots in minimal and conceptual art and not much else. It tends to be profusely appreciated by a hermetic few, curators, artists and theorists, who fetishize its refinements and often take its creators pretty much at their word.”  … Edward Winkleman, blogspot
  • “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”  ... Ansel Adams
  • "I don’t want to hear them talk about their work ...They make the [stuff] and I talk about it ... [Artists] are the last people who know what they’re doing. It’s left brain, right brain: the part of the mind that produces analysis and explanation is turned off in the studio; ask an artist about what the art is and you’re talking to somebody who, in essence, wasn’t there. You’re just going to pick up some [baloney] they’ve heard from their dealer or some professor of art theory." ... Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for the New Yorker in an interview.
  • "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ... Marcel Proust
  • “Colour is watching the movie. Black and white is reading the book.”  ... John Denniston
  • “With the one eye that is closed, one looks within; with the other eye that is open, one looks without.”  ... Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”  ... Paul Gauguin
  • “One has to hurry, if one wants still to see something. Everything disappears.”  ... Paul Cezanne
  • “To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.  ... Elliott Erwitt
  • “Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”  ... Berenice Abbott
  • “One photograph out of focus is a mistake ... one hundred photographs out of focus is a style.”  ... Author unknown
  • "Hardening of the categories causes art disease."  ... W. Eugene Smith in a note to himself found among his papers at CPP.
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