Best Quotes About Photograph

You don't take a photograph, you make it. -Ansel Adams

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. -Diane Arbus

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. -Susan Sontag

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. -David Bailey

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen. -Minor White

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them. -Diane Arbus

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. -Ellen DeGeneres

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. -Mahatma Gandhi

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. -Dorothea Lange

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into. -Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. -Ansel Adams

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. -William Albert Allard

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. -Ansel Adams

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. -Ansel Adams

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. -Richard Avedon

Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. -Tony Benn

I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. -Ruth Bernhard

I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul. -Mary Ellen Mark

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. -Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. -Ansel Adams

The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they've gone. -Yousuf Karsh

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness. -Yousuf Karsh

Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison detre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison detre, which lives on in itself. -Andre Kertesz

A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields. -Norman Parkinson

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product. -Edward Steichen

I should be getting photographs of me with my arm around these people like restaurant owners do, because eventually I am going to have to prove to my kids that once I was an actor! -Josh Hartnett

With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will. -Ernst Haas

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. -Brigitte Bardot

When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph. -Annie Leibovitz

The photographic image… is a message without a code. -Roland Barthes

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does. -John Berger

Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. -Yousuf Karsh

As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. -Sam Abell

To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it. -Emile Zola

While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph. -Lewis Hine

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. -Man Ray

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence. -Man Ray

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. -Susan Sontag

I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important. -Jacques-Henri Lartigue

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. -Ansel Adams

A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. -Sam Abell

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

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. -Ansel Adams

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk. -Edward Weston

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. -Edward Steichen

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees. -Paul Strand

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways. -Duane Michals

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. -Ernst Haas

Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. -Walker Evans

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth. -Edward Steichen

The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding. -Edward Steichen

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual. -Edward Weston

We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs. -Aaron Siskind

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness. -Paul Strand

It's marvellous, marvellous! Nothing will ever be as much fun. I'm going to photograph everything, everything! -Jacques-Henri Lartigue

To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. -Susan Sontag

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. -Berenice Abbott

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. -Edward Weston

Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold. -W. Eugene Smith

A good photograph is knowing where to stand. -Ansel Adams

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act – rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life – not death. -Berenice Abbott

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice. -Ansel Adams

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. -Ansel Adams

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. -Ansel Adams

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. -Ansel Adams

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. -Ansel Adams

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. -Ansel Adams

Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation. -Ansel Adams

I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can! -Ansel Adams

It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it. -James Agee

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color. -William Albert Allard

What's really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer. -William Albert Allard

What is right? Simply put, it is any assignment in which the photographer has a significant spiritual stake… spiritually driven work constitutes the core of a photographer's contribution to culture. -William Albert Allard

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse. -Diane Arbus

Rockers are the nicest people to photograph. They have no inhibitions. -David Bailey

A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see. -Roland Barthes

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

A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. -Susan Sontag

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. -Richard Avedon

Now very often events are set up for photographers… The weddings are orchestrated about the photographers taking the picture, because if it hasn't been photographed it doesn't really exist. -Elliott Erwitt

When I photograph, what I'm really doing is seeking answers to things. -Wynn Bullock

A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person. -E. W. Howe

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness. -W. Eugene Smith

I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. -Harry Callahan

To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. -Edward Steichen

It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph – only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones. -Susan Sontag

Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost. -Donald Rumsfeld

Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur. -Alfred Eisenstaedt

We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant. -Alfred Eisenstaedt

I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer. -Alfred Eisenstaedt

Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it's own; if it doesn't, the thing collapses. -Arnold Newman

Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter. -Annie Leibovitz

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. 'Heres Matt at home learning his lines. Here's Matt researching in aisle six of his local library'. A few hours of that and they'd go home. -Matt Damon

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. -Helmut Newton

I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it. -Berenice Abbott

I don't think I think when I play. I have a photographic memory for chords, and when I'm playing, the right chords appear in my mind like photographs long before I get to them. -Earl Hines

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'. My first thought is always of light. -Galen Rowell

I took courses at USC in film editing and art direction and photography when I was still in high school. -Ray Harryhausen

People, photographers, people in the press can sometimes be inappropriate. -Tobey Maguire

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It's kind of a fine line. -Daniel Clowes

You can give some kind of spark of life to a comic that a photograph doesn't really have. A photograph, even if it's connecting with you, it seems very dead on the page sometimes. -Daniel Clowes

I'm always mentally photographing everything as practice. -Minor White

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography. -Alberto Korda

If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph. -Janet Malcolm

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. -Robert Frank

I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. -Robert Frank

It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph. -Robert Frank

My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished. -Robert Frank

I always say that I don't want to be sentimental, that the photographs shouldn't be sentimental, and yet, I am conscious of my sentimentality. -Robert Frank

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph. -Robert Frank

You do your work as a photographer and everything becomes past. Words are more like thoughts; the photographer's picture is always surrounded by a kind of romantic glamor – no matter what you do, and how you twist it. -Robert Frank

There's something incredibly sexy about sand and sweat and dunes photographed like women's backs. -Kristin Scott Thomas

People taking photographs of their meals are not critics; they are from the United States. -Louis de Bernieres

My knowledge of the state of President Roosevelt's health was derived entirely from conversations, from newspaper articles and from photographs. -David K. E. Bruce

I became an adult in an extreme way. I was recently sorting some old photographs and I found another. -Robert Smith

What do you say to your sister who poses in the nude? It's not like you are really itching to see photographs of your sister naked. I mean, it's just something that is not too exciting. -Ron Reagan

No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience. -J. Carter Brown

I've been a photographer all these years… I haven't been in my own darkroom for 10 years. -Graham Nash

What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look. -Chuck Close

Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from. -Chuck Close

I've been chased through airports with a screaming baby because the photographers are ruthless, and they want the picture. -Lisa Marie Presley

When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer. -Julia Margaret Cameron

Well, there's that girl on the Internet – although this isn't an example of someone who doesn't know they're on – but there's a girl on the Internet who posts one photograph every two minutes from her bedroom. -Peter Weir

It was like two different photographers, and shot in three different locations and it was really fun to do. There were 12 beautiful girls in it. It was great. -Gisele Bundchen

There's people outside our house; you get followed by photographers; you can't go out and have a cup of coffee with a friend without someone coming up to you. -Jack Osbourne

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. -Alfred Stieglitz

Wherever there is light, one can photograph. -Alfred Stieglitz

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art. -Alfred Stieglitz

I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography. -Bill Wyman

I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography. -Bill Wyman

They kept me in short pants as long as they could, until they were shaving the hair on my legs because it was beginning to photograph. -Jackie Cooper

If you meet people who have been successful in Hollywood, or look a their photographs, you see a haunted look in their eyes, you sense a trapped feeling. -Meg Tilly

I got five kids, and my oldest is a documentary film maker and camera man, and still photographer. -Beau Bridges

My mother had taken me to photographer Paul Hesse, who used some of my pictures on magazine covers. -Margaret O'Brien

There is something wrong about being photographed that has nothing to do with vanity. -Nigella Lawson

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way. -Sydney Pollack

Carloads of tourists would photograph the family mailbox, and there was weird mail, death threats. -Henry Thomas

If they want a photograph, then just take it. -Keith Emerson

I guess that's what I was: a set of abs. And they lit the abs and shot the abs and sent the abs on their way. The photographer didn't look at my face once. I was humiliated. -Michael Bergin

I also paint, draw and I'm into film and photography as well, and the same thing applies to all of them. You're presenting this material to the general public and hoping that they're going to 'get' what you're doing. Some don't, some do. -Paul Kane

I had done a lot of rock 'n' roll photography when I was in college. I was one of many photographers who worked for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and all of these rock 'n' roll bands. -John Dykstra

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the photography in Star Wars. He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that I advanced with regard to ways for doing that. -John Dykstra

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon? -Algernon Blackwood

The photographs of Iraqi prisoners being subjected to degrading and humiliating treatment by their captors, and the reports of acts of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other acts of maltreatment shock the conscience. -Ed Markey

One person can take papers, photograph them without getting excited, return them, and give them away without any scruples; while someone else has to overcome an enormous obstacle. -Markus Wolf

Then I thought I was going to be a photographer. I tried a hand at darkroom technician. I played in a band. It took me quite some time to discover that I wanted to write. -Guy Johnson

Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways. -Major Owens

When you're modeling you're actually acting for the camera and the photographer. It's more fun, too because there are no lines to memorize. -Cindy Margolis

A good photographer can make you look incredible, even when you're not feeling very sexy. -Cindy Margolis

I've done over 125 posters and I have worked with some of the best photographers in the world. They made me America's Number one Pin Up. -Cindy Margolis

Well, it was kind of an accident, because plastic is not what I meant to invent. I had just sold photograph paper to Eastman Kodak for 1 million dollars. -Leo Baekeland

I am an artist first and a photographer second. -Andres Serrano

My use of the medium – photography – is in some ways traditional. -Andres Serrano

Esquire, in a July, 1957 issue, has a photograph of me playing the French horn at the Five Spot. -David Amram

I met Clinton at a benefit for teachers, which was a very good charity, but I met him for about 90 seconds, and I thought it was important to meet the leader of the free world. So I stood next to him for a photograph, and then apparently that's all it takes. -Julie Bowen

Thus, during the winter of 2003 I ventured into a new arena as a professional photographer. -Janine Turner

Sometimes I've gotten photographs back and people have literally shaven off pieces of me, and I tell them to put it back. -Alicia Keys

I was there less than a year before I was assigned to the Paris bureau. I spent two years there and, in fact, before I even went on the staff I was sent to Europe to do assignments which they wouldn't normally do for a young photographer just starting out. -Gordon Parks

So I went to Chicago in 1940, I think, '41, and the photographs that I made there, aside from fashion, were things that I was trying to express in a social conscious way. -Gordon Parks

The photographer begins to feel big and bloated and so big he can't walk through one of these doors because he gets a good byline; he gets notices all over the world and so forth; but they're really – the important people are the people he photographs. -Gordon Parks

The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer. -Gordon Parks

There are wonderful museums with lots of photographs of 1920's musicals. -Julie Harris

Has one hostage from Lebanon come back with a photograph of his abductors? Has any hostage ever come back with a photograph of his abductors smiling? I mean, this was so incredible! -Dwight Schultz

I just really wanted to do art, except when I was taking those photographs of people I would make the clothes that I would photograph them in so I could control the whole thing. -Stephen Sprouse

The photograph, the clothes, the sets – this was about 1974, and I started hanging out with my friend Richard Sold, who was playing in a band with Patti Smith. -Stephen Sprouse

Then I moved down to the Bowery to this building where Debbie Harry lived. It was there that I started combining some clothes for her and continued doing the art and photography. -Stephen Sprouse

I've looked at photographs of myself during concerts and it sometimes looks as if I'm in a fencing move, with a guitar in my hands instead of a sword. -Neil Diamond

I don't use composers. I research music the way I research the photographs or the facts in my scripts. -Ken Burns

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style. -Ken Burns

Any time you talk about the look of the film, it's not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer. -Spike Lee

The planets are never the same twice, they're always different, so they could compare the markings I had drawn with their current photographs and they knew that I was drawing what I was really seeing and it wasn't copied from somewhere. -Clyde Tombaugh

I did find a wonderful girl last year, but the photographs that we did were more about motorcars. -Helmut Newton

I have mixed feelings about those sorts of things. When I see it done by interesting young people, I think it's very valid. But when established photographers, people in their forties, copy me and get a lot of money, well, I find that to be very stupid. -Helmut Newton

I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous. My last infamous subject was the extreme right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen. -Helmut Newton

In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast between the figures and the location – I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors. -Helmut Newton

Technically, I have not changed very much. Ask my assistants. They'll tell you, I am the easiest photographer to work with. I don't have heavy equipment. I work out of one bag. -Helmut Newton

They often ask me to shoot for them. But I say no. I think an old guy like me ought not take pages away from young photographers who need the exposure. -Helmut Newton

As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the latest technology in photography – digital photography – to post photos on my website on a daily basis. -Tipper Gore

Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony, a real ceremony. -Katherine Dunham

In the Belgian air force a general supposedly saw a UFO, tracked it with his plane, photographed it with his wing cameras. And I believe it because I said to myself why would this person, not getting paid for this, do it unless it actually happened or he thought it happened. -Robert Stack

In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and frightening desolation in four years of war. It makes a blitzed Pacific island seem like an Eden. The damage is far greater than photographs can show. -Wilfred Burchett

A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere. -Bill Brandt

And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment. -Bill Brandt

I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations. -Bill Brandt

It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country. -Bill Brandt

Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field. -Bill Brandt

Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates. -Bill Brandt

A completely disrespectful photographer was asked to stop taking photographs, and then said, 'I've got what I want. What are you going to do about it?' How would you feel if somebody walked up and started taking your photograph? I don't think you'd be very happy. -Gabriel Byrne

It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film, but it's a photography collage. -Val Kilmer

Many of the critics today get airline tickets, hotel accommodation, bags, beautiful photographs, gifts and other expenses paid by the distributors, and then are supposed to write serious articles about the movie. -Wim Wenders

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s, I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes. I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days. -Ann Beattie

The notion of time bothers me. You look at thirty-year-old photographs and realize how the time has passed. -Christian Lacroix

It's very difficult to photograph an opera. And they messed up on it. It just wasn't there. And I don't blame the Gershwins for taking it away. Of course, if they had gotten the original company to have done it, it would have been very good. -Cab Calloway

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write a treatise on how it worked, but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a scientific fairy tale instead. -Kit Williams

I went on a long trip through South America with Prince Charles where I was the only journalist there – a couple of photographers but no other writers. -Anthony Holden

When the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were growing up, that was at it's height and the War cemented that with photographs of the Royal Family having breakfast together and so on, by pinning their reputation so firmly on that particular issue. -Anthony Holden

And friends of mine that had photography class in high school would develop the film and make prints and I'd take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them. Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college. -John Sexton

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom. -John Sexton

Having photographed the landscape for a number of years and specifically working with trees and in the forest I found, without consciously thinking about it, that it was a great learning experience for me in terms of organizing elements. -John Sexton

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated to the medium of photography. -John Sexton

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment. It's a love because that was part of my life before I was involved in photography. -John Sexton

I really don't have any secrets. I've never met a photographer whose work I respected that had a secret because the secret lies within each and every one of us. -John Sexton

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine and I thought it was beautiful. I had never been in a power plant before, but I felt, without being overly dramatic, compelled to make photographs of this for myself. -John Sexton

I support any procedure that allows photographers to express themselves, whether that involves color, black and white, platinum, palladium and digital technology. -John Sexton

I think the greatest photographers are the amateur photographers who do it because they love it. Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional, but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word. -John Sexton

I took a workshop from him a few months after that. That experience changed my whole approach to photography. At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973 I decided I wanted to try and see if I could pursue this for myself, and I'm still trying. -John Sexton

In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking me if I would be willing to consider coming to work for him. I was teaching photography in Southern California at that point. -John Sexton

In my mind I needed a symbol of today's technology, and I realized that what I wanted to photograph was the Space Shuttle. And so that's where Places of Power came into being. -John Sexton

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single 8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually was the general manager of this power cooperative. It was quite magical to me. -John Sexton

So when I became interested in photography and further being inspired by the work that I saw of Ansel and others, it was a natural extension to go back to these places that I knew as a kid and explore them with my camera. -John Sexton

The first day at the power plant I found myself photographing some steam vents on the roof of the structure. And I remember consciously thinking that they were just like trees but they were metal. -John Sexton

There is a considerable amount of manipulation in the printmaking from the straight photograph to the finished print. If I do my job correctly that shouldn't be visible at all, it should be transparent. -John Sexton

Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level is what that photographer needs to do. And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print. -John Sexton

When the object that is produced, the photographic image has the ability to make tears come to your eyes; to inspire you to the point where you have to catch your breath, then nothing else matters. -John Sexton

Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers. -Matthew Brady

I was in Florida with Burt Stern, the photographer who shot Marilyn Monroe on the beach with a sweater, and we smoked a joint. The bathing suit kept coming off in the water, and I just ripped it off. I was very comfortable being naked. -Rosanna Arquette

There are particular images that I like. Allegro is composed of a series of still life photographs that has been put to speed. There is so much care that has gone into the composition of the cinematography. -Helena Christensen

I am very much aware of the visual side of things. I do a lot of photography. I often take Polaroids of things that strike me as visually interesting, just to remember them and perhaps use later. -Helena Christensen

I began to realise that film sees the world differently than the human eye, and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed. -Galen Rowell

My mountaineering skills are not important to my best photographs, but they do add a component to my work that is definitely a bit different than that of most photographers. -Galen Rowell

What I mean by photographing as a participant rather than observer is that I'm not only involved directly with some of the activities that I photograph, such as mountain climbing, but even when I'm not I have the philosophy that my mind and body are part of the natural world. -Galen Rowell

I'm exchanging molecules every 30 days with the natural world and in a spiritual sense I know I am a part of it and take my photographs from that emotional feeling within me, rather than from an emotional distance as a spectator. -Galen Rowell

I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued. -Galen Rowell

Luckily, many other people tell me how they have had a particular landscape photograph of mine in their office or bedroom for 15 years and it always speaks to them strongly whenever they see it. -Galen Rowell

There's no question that photographs communicate more instantly and powerfully than words do, but if you want to communicate a complex concept clearly, you need words, too. -Galen Rowell

There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement. -Galen Rowell

Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders back to the people on the East Coast of America we have had a North American tradition of landscape photography used for the environment. -Galen Rowell

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message. -Galen Rowell

A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy. -Galen Rowell

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I've ever done. It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light. -Galen Rowell

I like to feel that all my best photographs had strong personal visions and that a photograph that doesn't have a personal vision or doesn't communicate emotion fails. -Galen Rowell

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it. -Galen Rowell

If we limit our vision to the real world, we will forever be fighting on the minus side of things, working only too make our photographs equal to what we see out there, but no better. -Galen Rowell

Contrast is what makes photography interesting. -Conrad Hall

My first serious project was photographing badgers – very, very difficult as they are shy and nocturnal. -Nigel Dennis

I would never dream, for example, of going to The States to photograph your wildlife. -Nigel Dennis

Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot. -Nigel Dennis

All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography. -Nigel Dennis

To me, that is the essence of me as a photographer. It is those ideas, working with them, formulating them and eventually putting them down on paper, photographing them and then going on to the next step. -Kim Weston

I think all photographers fit their vision to their personality. -Kim Weston

I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself. -Kim Weston

If you're not going to tell something if you're not going to expose something it's real easy to go in and photograph from behind the camera and not expose any of your weaknesses. -Kim Weston

I photographed rocks and trees and tide pools and nudes and all that stuff for years and years. Until 20 years ago when I found that I could do it in the studio and never have to travel. -Kim Weston

My surprises come usually once I start rolling and photographing. -Kim Weston

Well, now I'm an old photographer and I still don't sell. -Kim Weston

I just love photographing. I don't do it for anyone else. -Kim Weston

I don't think at that time I realized how important it was and how important it was for me to be here and carry on that legacy in our family of being a photographer. -Kim Weston

My son does a little photography, but he's not involved the way I was. -Kim Weston

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought. I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped my dad print his negatives. -Kim Weston

It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're fulfilling that inner need, and for me the need is more the process than the finished product. My photographs are stories of the process. -Kim Weston

I'm not photographing the model in the classic sense; the model is playing a part in my photographs. It's more like theater. I always work with models I know, and I let them participate in deciding how to act their part. -Kim Weston

It's really, really hard to make it as a fine-art photographer exclusively. -Jock Sturges

All my life I've taken photographs of people who are completely at peace being what they were in the situations I photographed them in. -Jock Sturges

There are photographs that I don't take now that I previously would have taken without any thought at all as to any misinterpretations. -Jock Sturges

Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body. -Jock Sturges

I don't photograph any two people who are remotely the same. -Jock Sturges

The transactions between me and the people that I photograph are very, very collaborative. -Jock Sturges

I know the families that I photograph extremely well, and I've known them for a very long time. -Jock Sturges

But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs really don't do any harm. -Jock Sturges

In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything. -Tom Clancy

After I got to Hollywood, I resented that I didn't get a crack at more dramatic roles because I photographed so beautifully. -Maureen O'Hara

I took individual photographs of Annie Liebovitz, I kept taking her picture. -Shirley Knight

I just yesterday returned from a trip where I photographed a woman with two children whom I photographed first when she was the age of the older of the two children. -Jock Sturges

Some of the people that I photographed as sticks became much more voluptuous, much rounder, in some cases dramatically so, and I think they're even more beautiful. -Jock Sturges

Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides. -Jacques Derrida

My interest in architecture has always been sculptural. Most of my photography is of architecture. -Parker Stevenson

The web continues to be a source of important photographs you see nowhere else. -Bruce Jackson

I don't know how many millions of photographs have been taken of me. -Boris Becker

I do still get the odd fan letter about The Good Life, clearly written by somebody aged 18, who says: Will you send a photograph? And I think: Maybe it's kinder not to. I'm deeply into my 50s now. -Felicity Kendal

I have a toy giraffe on my bed. I've got photographs over my desk as well as a mask of a giraffe in my kitchen. I am totally hooked. -Joanna Lumley

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing, photography, and writing. -Layne Staley

A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things, but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing. -Syd Barrett

I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders, keeping notebooks and old photographs. Some of the books were antiques for that time period, with the covers falling off. -Tom Berenger

For example, Michael Mann's film Collateral – there is certain kinds of stories that lend themselves to digital photography. Some things are very raw stories that digital photography kind of lends itself to. -Matthew Modine

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet. It's not sympathetic the way that film is. -Matthew Modine

If you take 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of somebody who creates a new language in film by what he was able to accomplish with art direction, photography, lighting, etc., it is still a gold standard for science fiction. -Matthew Modine

There's a discipline. When you take someone's portrait, you don't have to take 50 photographs, just find that one so that when you release the shutter, that's the image that you took. -Matthew Modine

I want to try out for Playmate actually. I talked to one of the photographers about doing test shots. -Trishelle Cannatella

Why in the world would anyone want to photograph an old woman like me? -Lillie Langtry

I became kind of a drop-out in science after I came back to America. I wanted to photograph. -Imogen Cunningham

I was brought up on art. My father thought I had a great hand at art and sent me to art school. But he did not want me to become a photographer. -Imogen Cunningham

I never stopped photographing. There were a couple of years when I didn't have a darkroom, but that didn't stop me from photographing. -Imogen Cunningham

I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent. -Imogen Cunningham

A woman said to me when she first sat down, You're photographing the wrong side of my face. I said, Oh, is there one? -Imogen Cunningham

I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men. -Imogen Cunningham

Always point your finger at the chest of the person with whom you are being photographed. You will appear dynamic. And no photo editor can crop you from the picture. -Ken Auletta

Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these images and now provides us with a permanent record of each observed spectrum, which can be measured out at any time. -Pieter Zeeman

I love being photographed, I love the ramp. -Nafisa Joseph

The series of photographic operations, developing, washing, final drying, takes about quarter of an hour. -Gabriel Lippmann

The problem of direct colour photography has been facing us since the turn of the last century. -Gabriel Lippmann

A woman can be very beautiful and an ideal model and she will photograph incredibly well, but she'll appear in film and it won't work. What works is some fusion of physical beauty with some mental field or whatever you call it. I don't know. -Oliver Stone

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that. -Steven Soderbergh

With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing. -Robert Mapplethorpe

The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest – then preserved. -Robert Mapplethorpe

The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer. -Robert Mapplethorpe

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography. -Robert Mapplethorpe

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I'm not photographing anything naked these days. I haven't been concentrating on bodies recently. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence. -Robert Mapplethorpe

I have photographs taken of me at the time I was addicted, and thought I looked good. I see them today and realize my eyes were dead. -Kirstie Alley

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object, separating it from the humanity of the person. He added nothing to photography as a medium. I hold his work in low regard. -Jerzy Kosinski

In my photographs it is apparent that there was no posing at the moment I released the shutter. -Jerzy Kosinski

A review of summit day photographs will show that I was clothed in the latest, highest quality, high altitude gear, comparable, if not better, than that worn by the other members of our expedition. -Anatoli Boukreev

People are so wonderful that a photographer has only to wait for that breathless moment to capture what he wants on film. -Weegee

During the winter when the weather is too poor to work outside, I do use drawings and photographs, but I change my work so it is not just a time and place study. -John Dyer

I still take photographs for my own use, personal studies. I do not feel that I can fully express my views through the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting. -John Dyer

I rode it once, which was up the driveway in the opening credits of the show. I didn't know how to stop it. I actually nearly killed the director of photography, and I smashed into the sound truck. -Henry Winkler

Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman. -Herb Ritts

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood. -Herb Ritts

Well, I liked it – that was the main thing. I liked it, but I didn't think of it in terms of a career. I didn't really know; I didn't really think about it. One thing just led to another until finally I quit my job as a salesman and found myself working as a photographer. -Herb Ritts

When you start out, you're not really aware. I didn't have a sense of photographic history. -Herb Ritts

I look back at old photographs and videotapes, and I go, Who was I trying to be? Who was I doing this for? -Marla Maples

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic sounds was opened up by X-ray photography. -Roman Jakobson

The particular features of the photographic method of detecting atomic particles enabled us to establish the existence of transient forms of matter which had escaped recognition by other methods. -Cecil Frank Powell

Videos are more like photography. It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images. -Tatyana Ali

I was making $50 a week as a house model at Christian Dior for nine months before I learned that photographic models made $50 an hour! -Lauren Hutton

There are plenty of beautiful girls who don't photograph well. -Lauren Hutton

I look at my first appointment book from 1965 and I get dizzy. I was constantly in a phone booth calling photographers. -Lauren Hutton

He was very concerned about his children potentially being kidnapped or attached, and that's why they were covered up. When he went to Berlin zoo, there were 200 photographers. -Martin Bashir

I love photography. My boyfriend's got a great camera, which I bought for his birthday. -Sarah Sutton

I've got a great collection of photography. -Elton John

I look back at photographs and I remember at the time I thought I was not very attractive. -Barbara Cook

It was my mom and I against the world. We lived in New York in this bohemian lifestyle where an extended group of artists and photographers were like my aunts and uncles. -Brooke Shields

I did some artistic nudes when I was I 8 with a French-Canadian photographer while I was modeling. They were beautiful shots, and they were not about nudity. -Lexa Doig

We must carefully consider card security solutions, such as adding photographs or machine-readable electronic strips, so to prevent further breaches of individual privacy that could result from changes to the design of Social Security Cards. -Ron Lewis

What I'm exploring right now is the subject of my own mortality. It's an area that I'm curious about, and I'm researching it to see if there's a photographic essay in it for me. If images don't start to come, I'll go to something else. -Leonard Nimoy

That's true, because I'm a photographer now. -Leonard Nimoy

My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture. -Leonard Nimoy

I've been working with photography for many years. -Leonard Nimoy

I became involved in photography when I was about thirteen years old. -Leonard Nimoy

While I was there I became deeply interested in photography, and indeed the most noteworthy event in my early life was winning first, third, fourth and seventh prizes in an international competition for college and high school students. -Douglass North

I continue to be a photographer; I have enjoyed fishing and hunting with a close friend; and have owned two ranches, first in northern California and then in the state of Washington. -Douglass North

Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people. I couldn't get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture. -Ben Shahn

Of course I realize that photography is not the technical facility as much as it is the eye, and this decision that one makes for the moment at which you are going to snap, you know. -Ben Shahn

Now, when I came on to Washington to begin my job, I was so interested in photography at that time that I really would have preferred to work with Stryker than with my department, which was more artistic if you wish. -Ben Shahn

Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited. -Ben Shahn

I was so impressed with the work we were doing and I was very involved ideologically in photography – that I arranged an exhibition at the College Art Association. The first exhibition I picked the photographs and so on and we had an exhibition in New York. -Ben Shahn

I was primarily interested in people, and people in action, so that I did nothing photographically in the sense of doing buildings for their own sake or a still life or anything like that. -Ben Shahn

I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all, I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills. I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals, propaganda in general, you know. -Ben Shahn

I still love to look at photographs but I couldn't do it myself anymore. -Ben Shahn

I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more control over my own medium than I did over photography. -Ben Shahn

I did take my camera along, as I felt there wouldn't be enough time to draw the things I wanted to do. I did some drawing and did a lot of photography but I was not part of Stryker's outfit at all. -Ben Shahn

I became interested in photography when I found my own sketching was inadequate. -Ben Shahn

There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy. -Annie Leibovitz

Computer photography won't be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical. -Annie Leibovitz

I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. -Annie Leibovitz

I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life. -Robert Capa

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous. -Antonia Fraser

I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell. -Edvard Munch

No one could possibly look all the time like my photographs. It is dreadfully hard to live up to them. They stare at me everywhere. -Anna Held

Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality. -Manuel Puig

The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art. -Sol LeWitt

No, I do a bunch of things to entertain myself. I paint, I make music, I take photographs. -Charlie Hunnam

There are biographies, I looked at a lot of photographs of him, I heard his voice over and over and over again. You get in there and get to know the man by all of those pieces of information. -David Strathairn

I realized I didn't want to be a photographer. I gave it up, but I still worked that job in the restaurant and I found myself constantly hanging out in the kitchen. -Sally Schneider

I started writing and photographing for different publications and finally ended up being the correspondent in South Asia, for the Geneva-based Journal de Geneve, which at one time used to be one of the best international newspapers in Europe. -Francois Gautier

Because we do not sell photographs, we have no royalties on books, posters, postcards. -Christo

And sometimes, when you feel low on yourself, that's just when you have to go out there and be photographed or do a scene where you're hot stuff. You're always working on it. -Delta Burke

Born Berlin 1931, Germany, father a British diplomat, mother an American artist. Educated at various schools all over the world. 1958 Settled down to live in London. 1966 Became interested in photography through photographing my young children. No formal training. -Fay Godwin

But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when I first started I chose to photograph many of the great writers in this country to try and earn a living. -Fay Godwin

I like photographs which leave something to the imagination. -Fay Godwin

I've been working with the land for most of my life; walking it and photographing it. And I love it to bits. -Fay Godwin

The viewer must bring their own view to a photograph. -Fay Godwin

I've been going through photos of my mother, looking back on her life and trying to put it into context. Very few people age gracefully enough to be photographed through their aging. -Jamie Lee Curtis

One of my challenges was to try to photograph the Great Wall of China. And I did actually take some photos, but it was hard to discern the wall with the naked eye. -Leroy Chiao

The most interesting thing was looking out the window and taking photographs of different places on Earth. -Leroy Chiao

Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros. When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is, nobody wears these hats at all. -Bruce Beresford

I saw a photograph of a wedding conducted by Reverend Moon of the Unification Church. I wanted to understand this event, and the only way to understand it was to write about it. -Don DeLillo

But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about what it was that was going on. It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with cameras and photography for about 20 years. -David Hockney

I made a photograph of a garden in Kyoto, the Zen garden, which is a rectangle. But a photograph taken from any one point will not show, well it shows a rectangle, but not with ninety degree angles. -David Hockney

You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era. -David Hockney

When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons when you can see the weather coming and going, which lends itself to photography. -Graeme Le Saux

I'd very much like to create my own style as a photographer, even if it's just for myself. -Graeme Le Saux

My wife Mariana is a good photographer too and, like me, she just picks up a camera and takes a picture when she sees something, rather than looking too deeply into it. -Graeme Le Saux

The problem for me is that I've never actually studied photography, so it's quite a steep learning curve. Cameras these days do so much for you automatically but I still think there's a point where you should actually know the technical side. -Graeme Le Saux

I was pleased that two very disparate photographs, two images that each worked in their own way had appealed enough to other people for them to buy them. I was also relieved they weren't the last ones purchased, and that they sold for a pound more than the frame was worth. -Graeme Le Saux

What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me. -Graeme Le Saux

During the mission, Walter Jones, a team member was given a package containing bone fragments by a Lao. The source said they were from a crash site. He presented photographs showing himself in company with others digging around obvious aircraft debris. -Bo Gritz

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. -Susan Sontag

I just love the world of photography. -Brooke Burke

Our photographs are filthier and our stories are more disgusting. We make no effort to be artistic. -Al Goldstein

My photographs don't do me justice – they just look like me. -Phyllis Diller

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? -Pablo Picasso

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. -John Berger

They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum. -Tallulah Bankhead

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar. -Marshall McLuhan

The camera can photograph thought. -Dirk Bogarde

You don't want to be photographed? You don't want to be known? Then you don't need to be out there peddling movies. -Cameron Diaz

Our dreams are made of real things, like a shoebox full of photographs. -Jack Johnson

A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made. -Edward Steichen

There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described. I photograph to see what something will look like photographed. -Garry Winogrand

People believe that photographs are true and therefore cannot be art. -Mason Cooley

To photograph is to confer importance. -Susan Sontag

So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful. -Susan Sontag

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it's not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes. -John Ford

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. -Toni Morrison

Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph. -Susan Sontag

As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure. -Susan Sontag

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people. -James Wilson

Requiring valid, photographic identification is a common sense step to ensure voter integrity and sound elections. -Sonny Perdue

A fan sent me a letter and a $10 bill. It's a short letter – all she said was, 'Hey, since it's harder for you to go out these days without getting photographed, here $10 for a pizza.' I was like, 'Aww, she sent me money for a pizza so I could eat at home!' -Zac Efron

I hope to be a producer, a musician, a painter, a photographer – I'm going to push myself to do as many things as I can and see where it goes. -Lucas Grabeel

I would love to have a photographic memory. It would come in handy with the rants I'm given on Scrubs… often on short notice! -John C. McGinley

You know, my parents have always been incredibly supportive. I'm an only child, so we're very close. There's just the three of us. They're exceptional parents but also great friends. My father was able to take his hobby, photography, and turn it into a beautiful career. So when they saw how much I loved acting, they were 100 percent behind me. -Sophia Bush

Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance. -Nancy Pelosi

Last Friday night, I Twitted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake. -Anthony Weiner

Some actors don't mind it. Those who are pretty. They think it's nice to be looked at because they are nice to look at. I appreciate that. I'm very happy to salute that aspiration. But I don't like the way I look so I don't like being photographed. I become defensive. -Richard Griffiths

People think because it's photography it's not worth as much, and because it's a woman artist, you're still not getting as much – there's still definitely that happening. I'm still really competitive when it comes to, I guess, the male painters and male artists. I still think that's really unfair. -Cindy Sherman

I'll see a photograph of a character and try to copy them on to my face. I think I'm really observant, and thinking how a person is put together, seeing them on the street and noticing subtle things about them that make them who they are. -Cindy Sherman

A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow. -Tomas Transtromer

I get photographers hiding in my bushes. We're way past autographs. We're into being stalked and followed. -Jennifer Lawrence

A journalist is supposed to present an unbiased portrait of an event, a view devoid of intimate emotions. This is impossible, of course. The framing of an image, by its very composition, represents a choice. The photographer chooses what to show and what to exclude. -Alexandra Kerry

When I see old photos of me on the beach I don't look too bad… but it's hard trying to breathe in for such a long time when I spot the photographers! -Gary Lineker

I love meeting 'the Odd Man Out' – like fans of 'Baywatch' who regret, as I do, that Tower 12 Productions didn't put nearly as much energy into writing and directing the show as they put into photographing and editing it. -Nicole Eggert

Swedes are a really humble and shy people in many ways, but I think it's pretty much the same as in the U.S. Little girls want to take photographs with me at lunch. -Joel Kinnaman

I was the official wedding photographer at one of my best friends' weddings. Fortunately she was one of the most easygoing brides ever, so she made it easy for me. -Natalie Coughlin

My mom was a photographer and whenever they needed a baby for a modelling job, she'd stick me in front of the camera. That's how it started. -Alyson Hannigan

I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn't a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn't try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth. -Jared Leto

My first big job was an Abercrombie &Fitch campaign. But my mom wouldn't let me skip school for it, so I missed half of the shoot. When we got there, we realized Bruce Weber was the photographer; we knew we had made a mistake! -Lauren Bush

I don't even know what an 'It' girl is. As far as I'm concerned, an 'It' girl is somebody who doesn't do anything except go to parties and get her photograph taken. -Sienna Miller

The newspapers turn a blind eye to how they get their material as long as they have great photographs. -Sienna Miller

I collect art. I just recently bought two gorgeous photographs of Marilyn Monroe by international photographer Eve Arnold and I know it sounds horrible but when she dies all her pictures are going to be worth triple. But I won't tell you how much I got them for – let's just say it was a lot. -Mel B

I had been teaching myself photography. -Ree Drummond

I'm a writer and a photographer – I'm totally aware that doesn't always translate to TV. -Ree Drummond

I had an early taste of fame. I was 20, going out with TV presenter Dani Behr and we'd have paparazzi chasing us. I'm not comfortable being photographed, though I accept it is part of the job. I had to ask myself, 'What comes first, being a celebrity or footballer?' -Ryan Giggs

I had always been kind of obsessed with making a home of my own and was always drawing rooms that I wanted to live in, down to pictures on the wall and the faces that would be in the photographs, and how the couches would be situated. -Michelle Williams

Traditionally, photography is supposed to capture an event that has passed; but that is not what I'm looking for. Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it. -Julian Schnabel

Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 15. After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavors and from there it just blossomed. -Angela Cartwright

I started as a news photographer at the University Of Texas' Daily Texan. -Berkeley Breathed

Unfortunately, the greatest photographers don't pay extreme attention to the clothes. If they decide to put a dress in a bathtub or in front of a cow in the countryside with dirt everywhere, well, the dresses come back… ready to be put in the garbage. -Valentino Garavani

When people ask how have I kept on top, I have to say with the help of every photographer, make-up artist and hairdresser I've ever worked with. -Linda Evangelista

As long as designers want to dress me, photographers want to take my picture and companies think my face will help their products, then I won't go anywhere until they're done with me. -Linda Evangelista

I was on holiday recently and I came home to find that one of the papers here had 'bikini'd' me on the beach. I was wearing a grossly unflattering costume and they had published photographs of me taken from behind. I looked dreadful. I went into our local newsagent and bought up every copy. -Amanda Burton

After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavors and from there it just blossomed. I have always had to have an outlet for my creativity and when my life became more about raising my family than the bright lights of show business exploring my photo art was a great outlet for me. -Angela Cartwright

It's always weird doing love scenes. And the thing is, you can't really photograph two people kissing naturally, because then you wouldn't be able to see anything. -Annabella Sciorra

My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years. -Alexander McQueen

I know that everyone who listens to radio creates you in a visual image that they need you to have. Whatever that is, I thought, let them have it. Let me be who the listener needs me to be and let me not contradict that with the reality of my photograph and risk disappointing them. -Terry Gross

Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life. -A. N. Wilson

I do like some of the perks, like being, recognized, especially if I've had my makeup done and I'm going to be photographed and people admire me. Who wouldn't like that? -Jane Pauley

The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation – not where the action is taking place, but where it's going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they're going to be. -Lawrence Schiller

I knew Marilyn over a two-year period. I met her first on a movie called 'Let's Make Love.' I photographed her at that time on and off through the time of her death. I was 22 years old and she was 34 or 35. -Lawrence Schiller

A close friend of mine, Annie Leibovitz, who I've known for forty years, photographs celebrities every single day of the week but they all seem to look the same even though she's one of the most creative photographers alive. They all just look the same. Brad Pitt is a great actor but all the pictures of Brad Pitt look the same. -Lawrence Schiller

I like to undress women – not to dress them. You know, like Manet's 'Olympia' or Helmut Newton's photographs – naked women with shoes. This is what I am trying to do. -Christian Louboutin

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work. -Bob Dylan

Becoming emancipated at 14, my life wasn't normal. I didn't have to go to school, so I didn't. I was rebellious by nature. I spent my 20s focusing on my company, Flower Films, and producing movies. Now that I'm almost 30, I would like to try other things in lie. I'm crazy about photography, and I want to take an art history class. -Drew Barrymore

The camera photographs what's there. -Jack Nicholson

Smiles come naturally to me, but I started thinking of them as an art form at my command. I studied all the time. I looked at magazines, I'd practice in front of the mirror and I'd ask photographers about the best angles. I can now pull out a smile at will. -Tyra Banks

I want to photograph what I see and put it in a dramatic context. I'm an actor and a writer, and I want to tell these stories and present these shapes, colors and movements as I see them, as I see them serve a narrative. As I see that narrative serve an audience. That's what I want to do. -Tommy Lee Jones

The only thing I have done religiously in my life is keep a journal. I have hundreds of them, filled with feathers, flowers, photographs, and words – without locks, open on my shelves. -Terry Tempest Williams

When we started in the early '60s, football had a little bit of a tradition. But, they didn't have a mythology. And NFL Films, through our music and our scripts and our photography, created a mythology for the sport. -Steve Sabol

See, a painting is much cheaper than making a film. And photography is, you know, way cheap. So if I get an idea for a film, there are many ways to get it together and go realise that film. There's really nothing to be afraid of. -David Lynch

Margaret Thatcher was in my year, and our first-year college photograph shows us standing side by side in the back row. We were both grammar school girls on state scholarships. -Nina Bawden

The train we had so confidently boarded had been speeding at almost 100 miles an hour and it had derailed. Someone, I can't remember who, showed me a newspaper photograph of the carriage we had been sitting in tilted on its side on a station platform next to a large notice that said Welcome to Potters Bar. -Nina Bawden

I'm nearly 50. I'm past being photographed falling out of bars. -K. D. Lang

My main camera is a Nikon D3. I use a French camera from the 1800s for wet plate photography, I use a Hasselblad sometimes. But to me the camera really doesn't matter that much. I don't have a preference for film or digital. -Nikki Sixx

My height can be a problem. A lot of directors and photographers are sometimes not happy because I'm pretty tall and especially if I work with short actors the difference can be pretty massive. -Bill Skarsgard

Madonna is her own Hollywood studio – a popelike mogul and divine superstar in one. She has a laserlike instinct for publicity, aided by her visual genius for still photography (which none of her legion of imitators has). Unfortunately, her public life has dissolved into a series of staged photo ops. -Camille Paglia

I admired the work of photographers like Beaton, Penn, and Avedon as much as I respected the grittier photographers such as Robert Frank. But in the same way that I had to find my own way of reportage, I had to find my own form of glamour. -Annie Leibovitz

I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in. -George Lucas

I sometimes like the pictures photographers take of me. -Sidney Poitier

I like to be fascinated by the people I photograph. Sometimes I don't admire them but I'm interested in them. -Eric Cantona

Being a celebrity you always get really good seats to sporting events but you never get as good seats as the photographers get. And I really love sports. So one of the scams I have going now is I want to learn sports photography so I can get better seats at a sporting event. -Drew Carey

But sports photography isn't something you just pick up overnight. You can't do it once a year for fun and expect to do a good job. And I take pride in what I do. -Drew Carey

No journalist has ever been in my house and no photographs have ever been taken of where I live. I don't parade my family out for display, which is the way it will stay. -Tom Hanks

I'm not a photographer, so I didn't get into F-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff. But I was interested in the camera and the lenses. That's the world that I'm moving in, in terms of acting and giving a performance. -Keanu Reeves

If I had to start over, I'd pursue photography – probably to the exclusion of acting. -Jessica Lange

For me, pointing and clicking my phone is absolutely fine. People say that isn't the art of photography but I don't agree. -Annie Lennox

You can't control the paparazzi. But if you go to Coachella you're going to get photographed. Whereas if you're at home, walking down the street you probably won't. It's something I've learnt to navigate my way around but I try to keep my private life private. -Ashley Greene

Having people wait outside of my house sort of gives me a panic attack. I'm a believer in the concept that people should not be followed and photographed everywhere. -Nikki Reed

So, I'm always around video games but I've always been interested in them from a visual perspective, with the graphic design and that whole thing. I don't know if that comes from my love of photography or what but that's always what's held my interest about them. -Sophia Bush

Quite a lot of the girls I get photographed with are just friends and then, according to the papers, I have, like, 7,000 girlfriends. -Harry Styles

There are so many things I want to do. Like, I want to get an artist, a musician, a photographer, and a bunch of dancers that I know and just travel across Africa and just film it and just see what happens. Do and learn as much as I possibly can. Luckily, I have a lot more time. -Channing Tatum

People criticized me for my photography. They said it's not art. -David Hockney

I can often tell when drawings are done from photographs, because you can tell what they miss out, what the camera misses out: usually weight and volume – there's a flatness to them. -David Hockney

The photograph isn't good enough. It's not real enough. -David Hockney

All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent. -David Hockney

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. -Matt Damon

I am a tender, beautiful and loving guy that happens to slap a photographer now and then because they get in my way. -Liam Gallagher

I was looking at a photograph of the 1997 election campaign yesterday, and I thought: 'My God. Did I really have that hairstyle? And that Tory blue suit?' -Theresa May

I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor. -Ben Affleck

I never set out to be a photographer. -David Bailey

You adapt to who you're photographing. -David Bailey

The reason I did fashion was it was the only way to get paid to do anything creative. You couldn't support yourself as an 'artist' – I hate that word. The only way you could be 'arty' was as a fashion photographer, because it still had a certain amount of integrity involved. -David Bailey

I sort of fall in love with them when I'm photographing them – men and women. -David Bailey

I never tried to revolutionise photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it. -David Bailey

I did painting before I did photography. -David Bailey

I know everything should be photographed. It helps me make sense of my existence. -David Bailey

Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love. -David Bailey

I don't see the point of photographing trees or rocks because they're there and anyone can photograph them if they're prepared to hang around and wait for the light. -David Bailey

You have to kind of be invisible when you photograph children, so you use a longer lens. -David Bailey

Actors are hard to photograph because they never want to reveal who they are. You don't know if you're getting a character from a Chekhov play or a Polanski film. It depends what mood they're in. -David Bailey

In '73 I photographed the cannibals in New Guinea. They treated me OK but they didn't make you feel relaxed… I managed to escape unscathed though, I'm pretty good at that. -David Bailey

All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed. -Doris Lessing

I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set. -Jeff Bridges

I'm in the early stages of a film called 'Freezing Time' about Eadweard Muybridge, the Victorian photographer who was really the forefather of cinema. Digital animators still treat his images like the Bible. He was a very obsessed man. -Andy Serkis

I hate my picture being taken. A photograph by definition captures one mood. And I have a million facets to my personality; I never use just one. That's why I like TV more. -Jane Pauley

My great-grandfather was in the army in India, and we have photographs of my family there in full Victorian dress. They're incredibly romantic. -Georgina Chapman

Photography obviously lends itself so well towards fashion. It's capturing that moment and that inspiration, and as a designer you are constantly walking through the world assimilating those visual references you have and so being able to solidify that into a photograph and keep it on your mood board is essential to creating a collection. -Georgina Chapman

What's been important with Flickr is the community that's been there from the beginning and the serious photographers that are there creating and sharing great content. If we lose that at some point then I think we have potential issues, but so far we've been able to do a really good job of maintaining that. -David Filo

You get a lot of people requesting photographs but I tend to keep myself to myself, pull my cap down. -Brendan Coyle

I never liked dance photography; it's very flat, and dance photography in the studio looks very contrived. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I was always interested in photography and other forms of art. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I don't want someone photographing my cellulite – I can't take it! -Shania Twain

I was born in the '60s and grew up in the '70s – not exactly the best decade for food in British history. It was horrendous. It was a time when, as a nation, we excelled in art and music and acting and photography and fashion – all creative skills… all apart from cooking. -Heston Blumenthal

My big dream was to work as a photographer for 'National Geographic.' -Steffi Graf

I used to always be putting my hat on children being photographed and then getting home and discovering I was riddled with lice. That used to happen very, very regularly. I used to get headlice all the time. -Tom Baker

The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it's an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography. -Christopher Nolan

I just love photographing things and putting them together to tell a story. -Christopher Nolan

I would love to photograph Stephen Hawking. I am just fascinated by science, I really am. -Helena Christensen

I felt like I was in the best photography school in the world – I had Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn teach me. -Helena Christensen

My father has made a museum with my cuttings and photographs. -Andres Iniesta

I don't take any photographs. I travel a lot by myself, and I feel weird taking photos on my own. -Jamie Bell

I'd love to go off to college to study photography, art history, humanities. -Mia Wasikowska

It's nice to always make an effort when you get photographed. -Rita Ora

I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical. -P. J. Harvey

I have had the privilege of working with the best in the business, from photographers to designers to magazines. There's not much more to ask for but I'm still looking forward to one day working with photographers Mert and Marcus, Tim Walker and Nick Knight. -Chanel Iman

The problem is I'm not a good photographer. To be perfectly honest, I'm too shy. Not aggressive enough. Well, I'm not aggressive at all. I just loved to see wonderfully dressed women, and I still do. That's all there is to it. -Bill Cunningham

I started photographing people on the street during World War II. I used a little box Brownie. Nothing too expensive. -Bill Cunningham

The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don't see at the fashion shows. You find information for readers so they can visualize themselves. -Bill Cunningham

I don't pay attention to celebrities. I don't photograph them. They don't dress so… interestingly. They have stylists. I prefer real women who have their own taste. -Bill Cunningham

If I feel confident wearing something, I think it translates in photographs. It changes my demeanor and posture. -Nina Dobrev

I was the Playmate editor for 'Playboy' for two years. I produced two years' worth of centerfolds. I did everything on that, from picking the girls to designing the sets to picking the wardrobe, coming up with themes, assigning the photographer, down to editing the photos and approving the retouching. -Holly Madison

Like, if you look at Heidi Montag, who got 10 surgeries she didn't need, I think that's unfortunate. I've always been voluptuous with a big butt, but didn't have boobs, so I wanted my body balanced out. My nose was fine in real life, but it didn't photograph well, so I had it tweaked for my line of work. I'm very happy with it. -Holly Madison

I've worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years, and we have this magnificent photographer, Tad Motoyama. He takes these wonderful, wonderful animal pictures. All through the years he's given me copies of these pictures. Well, I have all these gorgeous ones, so I said, 'Tad, I want to do a book with your picture on one side.' -Betty White

I wanted to be Brooke Shields, and my mother was an aspiring photographer, so I was, of course, the only one who would sit still long enough for her to get things in focus, and I loved doing that. -Stephanie Seymour

I was into punk rock back when I was in high school. I used to go around to dive venues and take photographs. But now it's been just much more about the country stuff and soulful folk. -Garrett Hedlund

I've learned to suck in my stomach when photographers are around. I used to read gossip magazines all the time, but I stopped when I started being written about in them and read incredible lies about myself. -Fergie

I've only done one shoot where it's modeling clothes, not like me in my environment. And the stylist, literally, I had her stand behind the photographer and do poses. -Elizabeth Olsen

And I'm a pretty avid photographer, I've been into photography for years now, so I try to spend some of my free time with that. -Danny McBride

I am interested in computers and technology, and art, photography, and design. -William Landay

Then in college, besides economics, I also majored in studio art and got involved in photography and making short films and acting. But I didn't know you could make a living that way. -Brit Marling

I came to photography by accident. -Eve Arnold

It doesn't matter if you use a box camera or you use a Leica; the important thing is what motivates you when you are photographing. -Eve Arnold

What has changed is that when I photographed, most people that I photographed didn't have the right of refusal on their work. It would take a Marilyn Monroe at her height to be able to dictate that. -Eve Arnold

It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument. -Eve Arnold

If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. -Eve Arnold

What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing… if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph. -Eve Arnold

What you need to be a good photographer is an overwhelming curiosity and a good digestion. Sometimes you feel blessed with curiosity, sometimes you feel cursed with it. -Eve Arnold

If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images. -Eve Arnold

Recording sessions were stimulating to photograph, because everything was in motion: the subject, the musicians, the technicians and the photographer. You needed fast reflexes to keep up with moving targets, and sensitivity and skill to get the pictures while keeping out of the performers' eyeline so as not to break their concentration. -Eve Arnold

Rumors sound of galleries asking artists for upsized art and more of it. I've heard of photographers asked to print larger to increase the wall power and salability of their work. Everything winds up set to maximum in order to feed the beast. -Jerry Saltz

In the late nineties, Katy Grannan began making haunting photographs of people who had extraordinary inner yens to be seen by strangers. -Jerry Saltz

The greatest work of art about New York? The question seems nebulous. The city's magic and majesty are distilled in the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. -Jerry Saltz

There's one Baldessari work I genuinely love and would like to own, maybe because of my Midwestern roots and love of driving alone. 'The backs of all the trucks passed while driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, California, Sunday, 20 January 1963' consists of a grid of 32 small color photographs depicting just what the title says. -Jerry Saltz

Billions of photos are shot every year, and about the toughest thing a photographer can do is invent an original, deeply personal, instantly recognizable visual style. In the early nineties, Wolfgang Tillmans did just that, transforming himself into a new kind of artist-photographer of modern life. -Jerry Saltz

Appropriation is the idea that ate the art world. Go to any Chelsea gallery or international biennial and you'll find it. It's there in paintings of photographs, photographs of advertising, sculpture with ready-made objects, videos using already-existing film. -Jerry Saltz

A saboteur in the house of art and a comedienne in the house of art theory, Lawler has spent three decades documenting the secret life of art. Functioning as a kind of one-woman CSI unit, she has photographed pictures and objects in collectors' homes, in galleries, on the walls of auction houses, and off the walls, in museum storage. -Jerry Saltz

I love Rauschenberg. I love that he created a turning point in visual history, that he redefined the idea of beauty, that he combined painting, sculpture, photography, and everyday life with such gall, and that he was interested in, as he put it, 'the ability to conceive failure as progress.' -Jerry Saltz

The German ueber-photographer Andreas Gursky was the perfect pre-9/11 artist. -Jerry Saltz

Everything rational and sensible abandons me when I try to throw out photographs. Time and time again, I hold one over a wastebasket, and then find it impossible to release my fingers and let the picture drop and disappear. -Susan Orlean

There are cultures that believe having your photograph taken steals your soul. I don't think there is a stolen soul in a picture, but still – why is it so hard to throw them away? -Susan Orlean

It's true to say that I'm a budding young actor. But I'd rather get my name out there because of my acting rather than who I'm being photographed with. -Josh Bowman

I just think of everything I do and how happy it will make me to do it. I don't like having my photograph taken, for instance, so I don't do that often. -Laura Marling

I feel like I need to start wearing a T-shirt saying 'This is not a photo opportunity'. People are so lovely but you do find that when you're out you spend 40% of your time posing for photographs. -Chris O'Dowd

After the fall of the Soviet Union, if you start the clock, then 47 journalists, reporters, cameramen, photographers have been killed in Russia since the fall of communism. That makes it the third most deadly country on Earth to practice journalism. That's not a record to be proud of. -Daniel Silva

I would love to study photography. -Emma Roberts

I've been an amateur photographer since my teens. -Gaspard Ulliel

A movie is painting, it's photography, it's literature – because you have to have the screenplay – it's music. Put a different soundtrack to a comedy and it's a tragedy. A movie combines all those forms and forces you to pay attention for two hours with a group of people. -Paula Patton

I photograph different people all the time. I like to shoot all kinds of people. -Nigel Barker

I got a camera when I was nine years old and it wasn't until I was a model that I realized you could be a photographer for a job. -Nigel Barker

I really knew when I started photographing I wanted it to be a way of knowing different cultures, not just in other countries but in this country, too, and I knew I wanted to be a voyeur. -Mary Ellen Mark

I'm a documentary photographer. That's what I've always wanted to be; that's where my heart and soul is. -Mary Ellen Mark

Sometimes I work on film sets. I've done this for 40 years. I always wanted to photograph on the set of an Ingmar Bergman film. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity. -Mary Ellen Mark

One of my all-time favorite photographers is Irving Penn. I wish I could have watched him work. -Mary Ellen Mark

If I hadn't become a photographer, I would have loved to become a doctor. I would have loved to have done something that actually helped people and changed their lives. -Mary Ellen Mark

I'm just interested in what makes a photograph. -Mary Ellen Mark

I'm not against digital photography. It's great for newspapers. And there are photographers doing great work digitally. When they use Photoshop as a darkroom tool, that's fine, too. But at this point of my life, after so many years, I don't really want to change, and I still love film. -Mary Ellen Mark

When you're working on a film, it's almost like photographing paintings at a museum. You're photographing somebody else's world. I just try and interpret it and make it real, and make it what the actors are about, what the director is about, and what the film is about. -Mary Ellen Mark

There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well. -Mary Ellen Mark

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography. -Mary Ellen Mark

This stupid celebrity thing is just a consequence of being good at what you do. I mean, no one would photograph David Beckham if he wasn't the best attacking midfielder in the country – much as I hate Man. U! -Nick Moran

I never really learned photography. -Abbas Kiarostami

Digital photography is, by definition, unfinished. You don't feel that after every 24 or 36 shots you have to change your film – you know you can go on for ever if you want. You can see the result immediately, and find out if your original idea is worth going on with or not, whether it can be corrected, whether it can be improved. -Abbas Kiarostami

The few people who ask to have their photographs with me, I almost always say yes, except for a few circumstances, like when my family is around. -John Hodgman

Painting, drawing – I'm really into photography, I've done it since high school. -Dianna Agron

As the oldest I was a daddy's girl and loved him with all my heart. My daddy had holes in his shoes so that he could pay for my photography classes, you know what I mean. -Sherri Shepherd

Over the last few millennia we've invented a series of technologies – from the alphabet to the scroll to the codex, the printing press, photography, the computer, the smartphone – that have made it progressively easier and easier for us to externalize our memories, for us to essentially outsource this fundamental human capacity. -Joshua Foer

When I climb into my car, I enter my destination into a GPS device, whose spatial memory supplants my own. I have photographs to store the images I want to remember, books to store knowledge and now, thanks to Google, I rarely have to remember anything more than the right set of search terms to access humankind's collective memory. -Joshua Foer

I love photographs. I love taking photographs. When I see something that's great, I want to capture that. You put it out there and on a place like Instagram you can put it there and review it later. -Reggie Watts

If you think you're going to create an unposed photograph, think again. There is no such thing. -Errol Morris

I believe it was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized that they could lie with photographs. -Errol Morris

For seven years, I made films in the cinema verite tradition – photographing what was happening without manipulating it. Then I realised I wanted to make things happen for myself, through feature films. -Mira Nair

For me, nothing brings out my 'born yesterday' idiotic qualities quite like having my photograph taken. -Sloane Crosley

There are photographers who don't really engage with their subject. It's a really unfortunate phrase, but they take their photo and they leave with it. It works but I think it ultimately limits how profound the work can be. -Sebastian Junger

My father, an architectural photographer, was an incurable tinkerer, maker and mender. -Nick Park

I'm an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one, and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones. -Elliott Erwitt

Somehow Photoshop and the ease with which one can produce an image has degraded the quality of photography in general. -Elliott Erwitt

I'm not a serious photographer like many of my contemporaries. That is to say, I am serious about not being serious. -Elliott Erwitt

In those simpler days, you could just take pictures of movie stars and show them the way they were, as normal human beings. And if I felt part of any movement at the time, it was just to do that – to be journalistic and photograph what is, rather than what is made up. -Elliott Erwitt

I'll always be an amateur photographer. -Elliott Erwitt

Most photographers work best alone, myself included. -Elliott Erwitt

Be sure to take the lens cap off before photographing. -Elliott Erwitt

Everybody's got to do something… I'd been on my own since an early age and I thought I better find something to do to buy biscuits and stuff. From high school onwards I was earning my way with photography, one way or another, working in darkrooms and taking pictures of weddings, neighbors' children and so on. -Elliott Erwitt

I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph. -Elliott Erwitt

These days, with 'American Idol' and all the other reality shows, young people become famous overnight, and that can be very difficult to handle, the way photographers follow you around and study your every move. -Barry Manilow

You know, my dad wasn't a photographer or filmmaker by profession, but on Sundays, he would take pictures of me and my family or his pals horseback riding, and it was a means of communication and affection, a means of not being so dysfunctional with each other. -Bruce Weber

As a child, people were always trying to photograph and film me because it's a way for a shy person to find themselves. -Bruce Weber

When I was young, I did actually model and was much photographed by famous photographers. But I was always a bookworm. -Marina Warner

I was really into writing short fiction and also photography when I was a kid. -Sean Durkin

I really got into filmmaking through photography. -Todd Phillips

I don't want to be known as the guy who always takes his shirt off… I've done a lot of photo shoots lately for the press coming up with 'Immortals' and 'Breaking Dawn,' and every photographer wants to get the topless shot. We've really had to be choosy and not do that for every magazine. I've actually been trying to keep my clothes on more. -Kellan Lutz

If people are fans of 'Mindfreak,' they are going to be so excited with 'Believe.' They are actually going to see those illusions that people think can only happen with trick photography. -Criss Angel

In the forensic science course I took at university they used photographs of dead bodies. For ballistics they showed us a guy lying on the floor, and his head had burst. -Denise Mina

When I started performing, there was no Internet; I didn't really have anything to copy. I kind of had to just make up what I thought burlesque was, based on photographs of Sally Rand or whatever. -Dita Von Teese

I love to play the guitar. I also love photography and fashion. -Emily Osment

I never go out to be photographed, never. I go to events because they're fun. -Lily Allen

A lot of paparazzi wanted to be real photographers but they failed, and they did that instead, and it's not right; it's stalking. -Peaches Geldof

If acting doesn't work out, I plan to do food photography and just eat my way through the entire world. I'm a big foodie, and if I could make some career out of it, that would be fantastic. -Jamie Chung

I love photography, I love food, and I love traveling, and to put those three things together would just be the ultimate dream. -Jamie Chung

I started modeling and after a while the photographer Bruce Weber introduced me to Joel Schumacher, who cast me in my first film, and I just fell in love. -Cody Horn

I used to want to be a war photographer, and I used to want to be a ballerina and a comedian. I used to want to be a writer. I invalidated myself; it's a mistake for me. -Cat Power

I still maintain several different outlets of artistry, like my music, photography, writing and all those things. I don't pigeonhole myself into one thing. I do all sorts of things, and that's so important to me. -Jesse Johnson

Your aim as a photographer is to get a picture of that person that means something. Portraits aren't fantasies; they need to tell a truth. -Tim Walker

Fantasy isn't something I put into the pictures; I don't try and inject them with a sense of play. But it's about being an honest photographer; a photograph is as much of a mirror of the photographer as it is the subject. -Tim Walker

When I was at college, the idea of fashion was more immediate to me, whereas art photography, the depth of it, was a different thing. Storytelling – fanciful storytelling – can only be told through fashion photography. It's the perfect way to play with fantasy and dreams. -Tim Walker

Only photograph what you love. -Tim Walker

My father did advertising photography. -Andreas Gursky

We've lost these qualities, these abilities to do something by hand. Some illustrators have it still, but it's just not art. We have photography. We have cameras and computers that do it better and faster. -Gerhard Richter

Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing out-of-date photographs of 'experiments' banned long ago. This is a misrepresentation. The work we do is performed with compassion, care, humanity and humility. I have never seen an animal suffer pain. -Robert Winston

I don't story board. I do something else, which is, I block it. We then train to the blocking. In other words, when everybody's training, they're actually training a lot of the moves that we are definitely going to use, and then, I do a lot of photography of that, and that becomes where the cameras go. -Michael Mann

The lions taught me photography. They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you. -Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I wanted to be a scientist. I did a thesis on lions. But I realised photography can show things writing can't. Lions were my professor of photography. -Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I hate being the subject of photographs. -Richard Griffiths

If I go out with no make-up and a tracksuit on, nobody comes up to me. And if they do, I won't do a photo because I wouldn't want any photographic evidence. -Paloma Faith

I really enjoy the iPad because you can multi-task: I can watch a movie, read, look at pictures that I shot – because I'm into photography. It serves a lot of purposes for me. -Tyson Chandler

I have a photograph of myself when I was 2 years of age, and I don't recognize the person in the photograph. She doesn't look anything like me, and I can't find any trace of her in me physically. And yet I remember her very, very well – even her anxiety. -Jamaica Kincaid

I admit that I am hopelessly hooked on the printed newspaper. I love turning the pages and the serendipity of stumbling across a piece of irresistible information or a photograph that I wasn't necessarily intending to read. -Jill Abramson

I have a photographic memory. -Tom Holland

I want my photos to be fresh and urgent. A good photograph should be a call to arms. -Terry Richardson

My father was famous for his photographic memory. He was in the OSS. They trained him to be captured on purpose and to read upside down and backwards and commit to memory every document in Germany he saw as he was being interrogated – every schedule on every wall. So, that photographic memory somehow made its way to me when I was young. -Mark Helprin

I often find myself worrying about celebrities. It's an entirely caring thing; it's not like the people who commission those photographs with cruel arrows to go on the covers of the celebrity magazines. The photographs show botched plastic surgery, raging eczema, weight gain and horrible clothes for maximum schadenfreude. -Peter York

The photographs of space taken by our astronauts have been published all over the place. But the eye is a much more dynamic mechanism than any camera or pictures. It's a more exciting view in person than looking at the photographs. Of course, I personally am sick and tired of hearing people talk like that: I want to see it myself! -Burt Rutan

I think of something quite different from a snapshot. I know of a lot of poems, some very fine ones, that are like snapshots, but I'm more interested in poetry that is like an endless film, long stories, things that weave together many different strands, like a big piece of cloth, not like a photograph. -Robert Bringhurst

Light is everything in photographs and has to be considered in all situations. -Catherine Opie

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset. -Catherine Opie

I'm very interested in the language of photography in relationship to painting. -Catherine Opie

I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn't very interesting, and I'm a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that. -Catherine Opie

The reason I call myself a documentary photographer is the idea of how photographs contain and participate in history. -Catherine Opie

I always give a print to everybody I photograph, and some of my subjects have told me they have a hard time hanging them up at home. -Catherine Opie

To photograph reality is to photograph nothing. -Duane Michals

The majority of photographers focus on the obvious. They believe and accept what their eyes tell them, and yet eyes know nothing. -Duane Michals

I write in order to express what the photo itself cannot say. A photograph of my father doesn't tell me what I thought of him, which for me is much more important than what the man looked like. -Duane Michals

Most photographs, to me, are description, but they lack insight. -Duane Michals

I got a lot of flak originally for writing with photographs, because the great cliche in photography is that one photograph is worth a thousand words, and photographers are usually dodo birds anyway. -Duane Michals

Photography is very presumptuous. Photographers are always photographing other people's lives – something they know nothing about – and drawing great inferences into it. -Duane Michals

I think photographers are too polite. There is not enough anger in photography; it's pretty much trivialized. -Duane Michals

Usually when painters use photographs, they enlarge and copy them and simply make a large, boring painting of a large, boring photograph. -Duane Michals

Nothing speaks louder than an evocative photograph that stirs the imagination, tugs at the heart strings and engages the mind. -Mark Carwardine

The problem in the 19th century with information was that we lived in a culture of information scarcity, and so humanity addressed that problem beginning with photography and telegraphy and the – in the 1840s. We tried to solve the problem of overcoming the limitations of space, time, and form. -Neil Postman

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks. -Richard Avedon

Real people move, they bear with them the element of time. It is this fourth dimension of people that I try to capture in a photograph. -Richard Avedon

If each photograph steals a bit of the soul, isn't it possible that I give up pieces of mine every time I take a picture? -Richard Avedon

I can see myself as a very old man in a terrific wheelchair. Only, I won't be photographing the tree outside my window, the way Steichen did. I'll be photographing other old people. -Richard Avedon

I never wanted to be called an artist. I wanted to be called a photographer. -Richard Avedon

I've photographed just about everyone in the world. But what I hope to do is photograph people of accomplishment, not celebrity, and help define the difference once again. -Richard Avedon

The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. -Richard Avedon

I can't stand when girls come to me and say they want to be a model, but they can't tell me who the top three photographers are in the world. They can't tell me who the top five biggest models are or name three cosmetics companies. They can't even name the top fashion magazines! You have to get it together and know your stuff. -Kimora Lee Simmons

I know that my mind is so A.D.D., and I want instant gratification – and photography can provide me with that – but at some point, I want to make an independent feature. -Ryan McGinley

It's weird being a photographer because you really have to divorce yourself from the image. -Ryan McGinley

I'm just a photographer, not a movie star. -Ryan McGinley

My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn't exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living. -Ryan McGinley

Everyone I'm photographing, I feel like I'm remaking a family, in a way. My brothers and sisters are my heroes. So many of my models resemble them. -Ryan McGinley

I can work with shyness, but for the most part I want people to feel comfortable with me. It's really more about the photographer feeing comfortable right when they walk in that makes the subject feel comfortable. -Ryan McGinley

One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict. -Walter Dean Myers

A complete autobiography would indeed be a picture of the outer and inner universe photographed upon one little life's consciousness. For does not the whole world, seen and unseen, go to the making up of every human being? -Lucy Larcom

Whatever respect photography may once have deserved is now superfluous in view of its own superfluity. -Will Self

I get to work with great photographers, wear lovely clothes, be part of the creative process. -Alexa Chung

I'm really interested in photography, like every other human being. -Alexa Chung

I am a hobbyist photographer so I relate to the visual arts that way, but I'm not a painter. -Annie Parisse

I love photography, and I love the art of photography. -Helen Mirren

I know most of the photographers in Ireland. And if I don't want my photograph taken, they will leave me alone. -Saoirse Ronan

I really like the structure of my body. It moves well, it looks good, it photographs well, it understands gesture and nuance. -Carrie Mae Weems

In terms of digital photography, I continue to print and use film for the most part. I still shoot with film, 21/4 film specifically, and I love it. I love it because I know what it does, how it really responds to light. -Carrie Mae Weems

The tools I learned photographing celebrities, now I want to use them to sell ideas. -David LaChapelle

I'm a photographer, period. I love photography, the immediacy of it. I like the craft, the idea of saying 'I'm a photographer.' -David LaChapelle

I was always painting when I was a kid. But then when I handled a camera when I was 17, that was it for me. I loved photography. I would work 4 or 5 hours a day. It was like a calling. -David LaChapelle

I became a photographer in order to be a war photographer, and a photographer involved in what I thought were critical social issues. From the very beginning this was my goal. -James Nachtwey

I began after college, about 1972. I began to teach myself photography. I went to work for a local newspaper for four years as a kind of basic training. -James Nachtwey

I try to use whatever I know about photography to be of service to the people I'm photographing. -James Nachtwey

I tend to always carry a camera with me. I live next to a fire station, and I've got lots of photos of the hook and ladder coming out of the house. And I like food, so I tend to photograph wonderfully presented food all the time. To me those are very pleasant memories. -Gordon Bell

Just like zillions of children, album covers educated and informed me, and certainly did I later transpose organically, rather than by intent, those principles both in fashion design and photography. -Hedi Slimane

Sex is not a subject in my photographs, or would only be if it had to do with romance, sometimes vulnerability. The photographs are quite clearly about happiness, or search for happiness. -Hedi Slimane

I can get obsessed by anything if I look at it long enough. That's the curse of being a photographer. -Irving Penn

Liberman said to me, 'I must cut back on the work you do for Vogue. The editors don't like it. They say the photographs burn on the page . After some years, I began to understand that what they wanted of me was simply a nice, sweet, clean-looking image of a lovely young woman. -Irving Penn

Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I'm trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader. -Irving Penn

I feed on art more than I ever do on photographs. I can admire photography, but I wouldn't go to it out of hunger. -Irving Penn

What I really try to do is photograph people at rest, in a state of serenity. -Irving Penn

I am a professional photographer because it is the best way I know to earn the money I require to take care of my wife and children. -Irving Penn

Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs. -Alfred Stieglitz

Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art. -Alfred Stieglitz

Several people feel I have photographed God. May be. -Alfred Stieglitz

I had luck, but I worked hard and I suffered. It's not just photography I'm talking about. It's about whatever dream you want it to be. -Sam Abell

I wanted life to be episodic. I wanted to be a magazine photographer and I was willing to do what it took to become that. -Sam Abell

My dad had been an ardent amateur photographer, and he taught me to compose a photograph from the back to the front, and then populate the picture. -Sam Abell

Essentially what photography is is life lit up. -Sam Abell

In almost every photograph I have ever made, there is something I would do to complete it. I take that to be the spirit hole or the deliberate mistake that's in a Navajo rug to not be godlike, but to be human. -Sam Abell

You'll reach into your wallet to brandish a photograph of a new puppy, and a friend will say, 'Oh, no – not pictures.' -Caroline Knapp

I've been very lucky, getting to travel the world with professional photographers. I'd grab their equipment, get a few lessons, and start firing shots. -Rob Machado

I've been a documentary photographer for much longer than I have been a filmmaker. -Lauren Greenfield

All my film ideas and subjects have come from photography. -Lauren Greenfield

When I first moved from photography to filmmaking, I was worried about how big I had to become. I was one person, or maybe me and an assistant, and I had these small cameras, and maybe a flash. -Lauren Greenfield

My photography is often a sociological look at American culture, and it's been very well published in the U.K. -Lauren Greenfield

I began drawing as a very young child and had a grandfather who experimented with photography, so those things constituted my first exposure to art. -Sigmar Polke

I don't like television when it gets near to photographed plays. -Orson Welles

I may be wrong, but the essential illustrative nature of most documentary photography, and the worship of the object per se, in our best nature photography, is not enough to satisfy the man of today, compounded as he is of Christ, Freud, and Marx. -Aaron Siskind

My mom is a painter and photographer and my grandfather was an artist, so I've always been surrounded by creative people. -Dylan Lauren

I have never been sorry to see my sets being struck, provided they are well photographed. They're not works of art but part of making a film. -Ken Adam

There's no more film. Film is gone. We photograph digitally and electronically. We don't really use film the same way anymore – it's disappearing little by little. Things change. We have to change with them. There's no point in liking or not liking it. It is what it is. -Stanley Donen

Especially when you are advertising a product, I talk to the photographer and we create a character – it always gives you more freedom because it makes it less about yourself. -Penelope Cruz

I am a big fan of photography, more of being behind the camera – so when I get the opportunity to work with such great photographers, I always try and learn from their technique. -Penelope Cruz

As I got older, I got more Victorian and morbid. I got into things that circled around death, like skulls or morgue photographs or handwritten diaries. They can be almost haunted with all this history, and you project onto it and then it gets onto you. -Dustin Yellin

In my teens I was interested in photography. Then I decided that I should learn something about the world of commerce. And I came to America at age 17 to escape Europe. I went to NYU – nothing better than being 17 years old and coming to New York. -Nicolas Berggruen

I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don't find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more. -Anne Hathaway

I'm not one of those stars that goes out and literally dresses to be photographed. I'm kind of a 'what you see is what you get' type of girl when I dress. I go for comfort above everything else. -Anne Hathaway

If you see a gaggle of teenagers walking towards you, you tend not to make eye contact, because you know they're going to recognise you. You learn to adapt: 99.999 per cent of people aren't looking to be harmful or unpleasant; they just want something, a photograph or an autograph. -Robert Sheehan

I left Facebook after Facebook groups began appearing about me and suddenly your personal photographs start becoming public property. -Freddie Stroma

I find still photographs make me quite self-conscious. -Aidan Gillen

I love storytelling, I love being a visual person, and it just made perfect sense to be an underwater photographer and explore the ocean and work with scientists. -Brian Skerry

I've been taking photographs since I was a teenager, and fashion has taught me a lot more about photography. It's definitely inspired me. -Daria Werbowy

Believe me, I don't like being photographed. I don't like myself in pictures. Actually, I do sometimes. -Darius Khondji

We really care about photography at 'Vanity Fair.' -Graydon Carter

Take a random selection of photographs of America in 2012 and 2002 and 1992 and, except for the skinny jeans and the porkpie hats, you'll be hard-pressed to tell the years in which the pictures were taken. -Graydon Carter

I think there are two types of photographers, those who want to document the world and those who want to create their own world. I am more interested in documenting the world and presenting it to people with the question attached, 'Does this make any sense to you?' -Moby

When you're a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream. -Patrick Demarchelier

My stepfather gave me a Kodak camera when I was 17 years old. I started working at a local photo store in Le Havre, France, taking passport pictures and photographing weddings. -Patrick Demarchelier

When you are a photographer, you work all the time, because your eye is the first camera. -Patrick Demarchelier

Mother Teresa was the very embodiment of saintliness: white-clad, sad-eyed, ascetic and often photographed with the wretched of the earth. -Steven Pinker

The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer. -Steven Pinker

A lot of people who look at my photographs think it is an easy joke, but it does take a bit of thinking about. -Alison Jackson

Photography seduces us into thinking we can believe photographs, whereas we can't really believe that a picture can tell us any kind of truth at all. -Alison Jackson

I'm a contemporary artist and I show in art galleries and museums. I show a number of photographs and films, but I also make television programs, books and some appetizing, all with the same concept. -Alison Jackson

I'm not satirical in a traditional way. What I do is more about creating caricatures and cartoons. I am commentating on the nature of how we live through photography, and how you can twist an angle to create a different perception of a person. -Alison Jackson

If you don't want to have your private life splashed everywhere, why go to the restaurants and the places you know you're going to be photographed? -Marina and the Diamonds

Magazines that depend on photography, and design, and long reads, and quality stuff, are going to do just fine despite the Internet and cable news. -Jann Wenner

Digital photography and Photoshop have made it very easy for people to take pictures. It's a medium that allows a lot of mediocre stuff to get through. -Edward Burtynsky

I'm trying to photograph an old offshore oil city that is lying in decay in the Caspian Sea, but I've been having a hard time getting there. -Edward Burtynsky

I can go into the wilderness and not see anyone for days and experience a kind of space that hasn't changed for tens of thousands of years. Having that experience was necessary to my perception of how photography can look at the changes humanity has brought about in the landscape. My work does become a kind of lament. -Edward Burtynsky

I know that sometimes the chemistry just isn't there between the model, photographer, hair and make-up. It's nobody's fault and you just have to do better next time. -Linda Evangelista

Designers and photographers still want to work with me and I'm grateful for that. I don't know how long I'll carry on – as long as they'll have me. -Linda Evangelista

Of course I will continue photography. I love photography. But when you become old, it's too much. -Sebastiao Salgado

! discovered photography completely by chance. My wife is an architect; when we were young and living in Paris, she bought a camera to take pictures of buildings. For the first time, I looked through a lens – and photography immediately started to invade my life. -Sebastiao Salgado

As in any person's life, there have been difficult moments: I have a son with Down's syndrome; through my photography, I have witnessed all manner of human degradation. But there have also been very happy moments. -Sebastiao Salgado

I photographed with film for many years; now that I work in digital, the difference is enormous. The quality is unbelievable: I don't use flash, and with digital I can even work in very bad light. Also, it's a relief not to lose photographs to x-ray machines in airports. -Sebastiao Salgado

There are moments that you suffer a lot, moments you won't photograph. There are some people you like better than others. But you give, you receive, you cherish, you are there. When you are really there, you know when you see the picture later what you are seeing. -Sebastiao Salgado

The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it's formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate. -Sebastiao Salgado

I am a former economist. I never went to photography school to learn photography. -Sebastiao Salgado

In the end, the only heritage we have is our planet, and I have decided to go to the most pristine places on the planet and photograph them in the most honest way I know, with my point of view, and of course it is in black and white, because it is the only thing I know how to do. -Sebastiao Salgado

I'm not a religious person. The language of photography is symbolic. -Sebastiao Salgado

So many times I've photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence. -Sebastiao Salgado

Of course, I won't be abandoning photography, because it is my life. -Sebastiao Salgado

Richard Avedon is a true genius of photography and one of the greatest artists of our time. -Donatella Versace

As much as I love music, in my mind, photography is what makes me the happiest – that's for sure. -Julian Lennon

Like most photographers, I try to capture a moment in my work. -Julian Lennon

Even in the nineties, when it was mad and there were photographers all around the house, it never occurred to me to send someone else out to get cigarettes. It took me five minutes – went for a walk, gave a wave, went back inside. -Noel Gallagher

I love it when a photographer lets me create my own movement and feeling to the images. By that I mean he doesn't restrict me in his or her own ideas but rather gives me a direction and lets me work within those boundaries freely. -Kylie Bax

I like a decent funeral, and God knows in my family we've seen enough of them. Looking through family photographs now is like watching an episode of 'Dad's Army.' -Matt Roper

I love sharing photographs and websites, I'm for all of these things. I'm for Facebook. But to say that this is sociability? We begin to define things in terms of what technology enables and technology allows. -Sherry Turkle

I think a photograph, of whatever it might be – a landscape, a person – requires personal involvement. That means knowing your subject, not just snapping at what's in front of you. -Frans Lanting

I became interested in photography during my first visit to the United States. I was a student at a university in Holland. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the American West. That was when I learned about the tradition of nature in American photography. -Frans Lanting

There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen, where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting. I'm sorry to disappoint people, but I don't look like that all the time – no actress does. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

Some of these actresses or public personas who are very public about their disciplined diets, more power to them. I just don't see the point. I'm just not going to be one of those people photographed in a bikini where people are like, 'OMG, look at Amy!' I mean, it might be OMG, but not for the reasons I want. -Amy Adams

It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque. -Dorothea Lange

To know ahead of time what you're looking for means you're then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false. -Dorothea Lange

A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph. -Dorothea Lange

I think when you look at architectural photography it doesn't help to have piles of old clothes lying on the floor. Architectural photography sets up an artifice. -Annabelle Selldorf

I'm not comfortable being photographed, though I accept it is part of the job. -Ryan Giggs

When people think of slavery, they think of an era from the distant past. Grainy photographs from Civil War times. And yet it goes on. -Lisa Kristine

Oddly, I'd been to most of the locations where I started photographing slavery many times before. I even considered some of them homes-away-from-home. But there can be dark corners in familiar places. -Lisa Kristine

One advantage of photography is that it's visual and can transcend language. -Lisa Kristine

I don't want to do panel games or adverts. I really like challenges. I always get roles as an art teacher or a photographer. In the future I want to play something like a mugger/assassin/pastry chef. -Dylan Moran

Looking through family photographs now is like watching an episode of 'Dad's Army.' My relatives seem to drop like flies around me. Who's next? Will it be someone I can't stand? -Matt Roper

I'm aware of how lucky I am. Being able to make pretty good money, and get to do a lot of fun work, and at the same time I'm not besieged by photographers. -John C. Reilly

I was obsessed from the moment I took my first photograph. I wanted to make photography my career. -Giles Duley

I'm not a war photographer. I've always dealt with the consequences of conflict. -Giles Duley

When I worked as a music and fashion photographer, I always had the nagging feeling that there was something missing, that I wasn't using my skills productively. I gave up photography – I walked away from it completely – and started doing care work. -Giles Duley

For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate. -Giles Duley

For me, photography is not just about exposing film, it's about exposing the viewer to something new, a place they haven't gone before, but most importantly, to people that they might be afraid of. -iO Tillett Wright

I've always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception. -James Balog

One study found that people who smile in childhood photographs are less likely to get a divorce. -Jenna McCarthy

I'm Jewish and respect the traditions of Judaism, but through all the time I've spent photographing nature, I also have a deep appreciation for the power of the universe. No, not the power of the universe, but just celebrating life. -Louie Schwartzberg

The joy for me of television is the sort of family feeling of being involved with an ensemble – the cast and the crew and the director of photography and the guys in the camera truck – and you're all coming together. There's a great feeling when that is a successful unit, a successful family. -Jeffrey Pierce

I was desperately shy when I was wee. Totally lacked confidence socially. When I look back at school photographs, I'm always the one shrinking in the back. What I really wanted to do was become a writer, and I don't think the residue of that has ever gone away. I still feel the ultimate achievement would be to write a novel. -Anne-Marie Duff

I'm really into my photography and am trying to catch up with digital generation – I was used to the old 35mm cameras. -David Suchet

I know that if I were to take ugly photographs, no one would be interested in looking at them. -Chris Jordan

I used to be a photographer – and now I'm some kind of digital photographic artist. -Chris Jordan

I crave to be able to photograph the way a painter paints – in a loose, expressive way. -Chris Jordan

I was known as a 35-mm photographer with a view-camera mentality. -Sam Abell

Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive. -Sam Abell

'Woman on the Plaza,' with its distinct horizon, snow-like surfaces, wintry wall, stunning sunlight, sharp shadows, and hurrying figure, would become the most biographical of my photographs – an abstract image of the landscape and life of northern Ohio where I grew up and first practiced photography. -Sam Abell

Life rarely presents fully finished photographs. An image evolves, often from a single strand of visual interest – a distant horizon, a moment of light, a held expression. -Sam Abell

My father taught me photography. It was his hobby, and we had a small darkroom in the fruit cellar of our basement. It was the kind of makeshift darkroom that was only dark at night. -Sam Abell

I think of myself as a writer who photographs. Images, for me, can be considered poems, short stories or essays. And I've always thought the best place for my photographs was inside books of my own creation. -Sam Abell

Every time I take a photo, it goes into SnapSeed. Even if it's just a price tag on something, it still goes into SnapSeed, and I start editing it. I'm not a photographer, so I need all the help I can get when it comes to make a picture look cool. -Hunter Hayes

I have a cartoon I'm developing with Adult Swim called 'Monster Town U.S.A.,' so I'm busy doing that. Trying to do a coffee-table book of my photography that's been requested of me a couple of times. I'm constantly busy. -Norman Reedus

I've had shows as a painter, as a photographer, I've done shows as a sculptor. I've done a lot of different things and it all comes from experiences that you have in your life, in your creative environment. They all help – I don't even know if they help; maybe they make it worse but they all influence each other, for sure. -Norman Reedus

I really feel that acting for film and acting for the stage are two different crafts. I think that they share things in common. But I liken it to a painter switching over to photography. There are similar things – you have to be conscious of light and color and form – but it's a whole different medium. -Jordan Bridges

Pictures can be devastating. Who allowed John Kerry to get himself photographed windsurfing in a flowered swimsuit? Anyone in the real world in that operation? -Jack Germond

Everyone with a cell phone thinks they're a photographer. Everyone with a laptop thinks they're a journalist. But they have no training, and they have no idea of what we keep to in terms of standards, as in what's far out and what's reality. And they have no dedication to truth. -Helen Thomas

I'm not a photographer, so I need all the help I can get when it comes to make a picture look cool. -Hunter Hayes

I think if you do a lot of interviews, you're laying yourself open. If you put yourself out, accept every invitation to every premiere, then you can't really complain when people knock on your front door and photograph you in the street. -Keeley Hawes

In Majorca, I can be myself. I go to the supermarket and the cinema, and I am just Rafa. Everyone knows me, and it is no big deal. I can go all day – no photographs. -Rafael Nadal

I would love to direct a western. I love taking photographs and I'm always fascinated with angles. Also, my father was a film editor, and I have a talent for thinking of things that aren't always in a script. -Johnny Crawford

I have just one black and white photograph left of my mother when she was younger. She was 17 when it was taken and beautiful with wispy curls and eyes that shone like dark marbles. -Liz Murray

When I started working in film, I loved photography, I loved the image, I loved telling the story within a frame, but as I started playing around with film and video, it was like, 'Oh my god.' You just have so much more to play with. -Lynn Shelton

Before adolescence I had an incredible voice. Like when I was 12, 13, 14 – I was taking acting classes, I was painting, I was making music, I was taking photographs. I was kind of exploding creatively, and then something about adolescence really just ground that out of me. -Lynn Shelton

I had a background in theater as an actor, and then a photographer, and then as an experimental filmmaker and editor. -Lynn Shelton

When I went to L.A., I started modeling, hoping to travel and learn from photographers. It led to auditions to do commercials. -Beth Riesgraf

I was studying to be a dental hygienist and working as a dental assistant. I met a photographer and decided to put my job on hold for just a summer to begin modeling. -Nikki Ziering

I was a Valley girl; I hung out, and through a photographer friend. I met Peter Douglas, who was one of Kirk Douglas's kids. He introduced me to Sam Spiegel. -Theresa Russell

I'm a big fan of 'National Geographic', the magazine and the channel. Anything to do with the natural world. For years, when I was younger, I was convinced I would be a nature photographer, but that didn't pan out. -Tom Weston-Jones

The designers, photographers and models I work with, they are really hard-working people who are devoting their lives to fashion. They're kind of like nuns of fashion. -Alber Elbaz

If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn't last very long. I can't go to a museum – I'll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of… it's sort of like a domino effect. -Emma Watson

If I hadn't been a singer, I might have been a photographer or an artist. But it's singing I love. I sing all the time, and I feel really good that I've expressed myself. -Annie Lennox

I love doing commercials! Usually, they have enough money that they can take time and photograph it well. -James Earl Jones

When you are 18, 19, 20, you're used to being photographed all the time, in a certain way. So, the narcissism becomes almost out of control. And the way that young women are photographed, they become addicted to this feedback of the image. -Marianne Faithfull

I have problems with a lot of photography, particularly street photography and photojournalism – objectifying the other, finding the contempt and exoticism that you might feel within yourself or toward yourself and projecting it out to others. There can be an abusive power to photography, too. -Barbara Kruger

Seeing is no longer believing. The very notion of truth has been put into crisis. In a world bloated with images, we are finally learning that photographs do indeed lie. -Barbara Kruger

I hate having my photograph taken. -E. L. James

I know plenty of people who do, who get their holidays paid for and in return have their photographs taken on the beach, but not me. -Max Beesley

It used to bug me that I couldn't even afford to take my family for a proper holiday. I didn't have any professional knowledge, and getting a photographer's job in a magazine was out of the question. So, armed with a Pentax K1000, I started going to various maidans of Mumbai, looking for subjects. -Boman Irani

I never shot on sets, but if I was traveling somewhere or on location, I would always have my camera, and I'd always be – it's that kind of fly on the wall approach to photography, though. I don't engage the subject. I like to sneak around, skulk about in the dark. -Jessica Lange

What I love about photography, and it's the same thing I love about acting, really, is that it forces you, like, right into the moment, where you can't be distracted, where you can't be, like, thinking about other things or ahead of yourself or behind yourself. -Jessica Lange

If you're really in the process of photographing, you are absolutely aware. You are looking. -Jessica Lange

Photography was a blessing because it filled my time. If I had to start over, I'd pursue photography – probably to the exclusion of acting. -Jessica Lange

For 'Star Wars' I had to develop a whole new idea about special effects to give it the kind of kinetic energy I was looking for. I did it with motion-control photography. -George Lucas

In 3-D filmmaking, I can take images and manipulate them infinitely, as opposed to taking still photographs and laying them one after the other. I move things in all directions. It's such a liberating experience. -George Lucas

I was going to go to a four-year college and be an anthropologist or to an art school and be an illustrator when a friend convinced me to learn photography at the University of Southern California. Little did I know it was a school that taught you how to make movies! It had never occurred to me that I'd ever have any interest in filmmaking. -George Lucas

I'm lucky enough and wealthy enough to be able to buy photographs and buy art that inspires me from day to day. I don't want a Picasso on my wall; it's great art, but it's dead art to me. I'd rather have a photograph by someone I've never heard of that really inspires me. -Elton John

I was making stickers for guys' bands. I was in the front row photographing bands, booking bands, doing all of the kind of backstage stuff, and I didn't even think for a second I could do it, and then I saw Babes in Toyland, and all that changed. -Kathleen Hanna

One of my passions is photography. I always carry a camera in my bag whenever I travel. I always take pictures wherever I go, and some of them end up being really crazy ones. -Sunidhi Chauhan

I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It's kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It's a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals. -Alan Rickman

Being a celebrity, you always get really good seats to sporting events, but you never get as good seats as the photographers get. And I really love sports. -Drew Carey

People tracking your life and photographing you anywhere you go, that can make you crazy. -Tom Selleck

I hate red-carpet photographs! -Kirsten Dunst

I think that I was lucky that I was 30 when I did 'Love Story', which came with this extravagant pop celebrity. I had already done 15 years of what I call 'real' work.' I was a waitress, chambermaid, and a photographer's assistant, so I knew that I was tremendously lucky as a novice actor to have that big hit. -Ali MacGraw

I think that 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at two in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider's face on it as a tree. -Nicolas Cage

Being a photographer is like listening to music. If you have a camera, by just living your life you're bound to find some things that are worth taking a picture of. You don't have to be an audiophile to have taste in music. It happens through osmosis. -Christine Elise

Many billboards and magazine ads have resorted to showing isolated body parts rather than full-body portraits of models using or wearing products. This style of photography, known in the industry as abstract representation, allows the viewer to see himself in the advertisement, rather than the model. -Douglas Rushkoff

I said that when I looked at photographs of the firefighters who went into the Twin Towers, their faces looked to me like Irish faces. I hadn't yet learnt how careful outsiders have to be when talking about race in America, and I'd put my foot in it. Someone stood up and said aggressively, 'What do you mean by Irish faces?' -Colm Toibin

I think way back, the '20s or the '30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a list of instructions on the box, like how to use this thing, I think someone arbitrarily said, 'Make sure the person in the photograph is smiling.' And we went from that one sort of set of industrial instructions to this whole culture of perkiness. -Douglas Coupland

Since 1970, I've been using text and ephemera as well as photographs in order to tell stories of one kind or another. There's a thread that runs through all the work that is to do with bearing witness. The photographs are about asking questions, though, not answering them. -Jim Goldberg

In Europe, I am an outsider. I don't really understand anything that I am seeing. I can be welcomed into people's homes, I can be met with suspicion, I can be taken somewhere else altogether. There is always wonderment there for me, even if the person I am photographing may not see it or be aware of it. -Jim Goldberg

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it's possible. But creatively, it's more like painting: you can't just use the same colours in every painting. It's just not an option. You can't take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences. -Ben Harper

Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That's the thing about painting, photography, cinema. -David Lynch

My family were symphonic musicians and in the opera. Also, it was my era, the love of radio. We used to listen to the radio at night, close our eyes and see movies far more beautiful than you can photograph. -Francis Ford Coppola

The content of Saul Leiter's photographs arrives on a sort of delay: it takes a moment after the first glance to know what the picture is about. You don't so much see the image as let it dissolve into your consciousness, like a tablet in a glass of water. -Teju Cole

One of the difficulties of photography is that it is much better at being explicit than at being reticent. -Teju Cole

When I've had enough of words, I go out into the city for a long walk; sometimes I'll go out walking for several miles. And I'll just take photographs and hope for something striking or unusual to happen that I can organize into a picture frame. -Teju Cole

On many days my primary artistic struggle is, in fact, photography because it is harder to do good work with that. I see myself as an observer of the world who has a strong drive to testify, which I can do because I have the privilege of living in New York with enough food to eat and shelter. -Teju Cole

I probably get a deeper satisfaction of having taken a very good photograph than of having written something very good, a very good story. Maybe it's because the element of magic is so present in a good photograph – luck and magic, but also hard work and being ready and all that. -Teju Cole

My directors of photography light my films, but the colours of the sets, furnishings, clothes, hairstyles – that's me. Everything that's in front of the camera, I bring you. -Pedro Almodovar

A photograph doesn't gain weight or lose weight, or change from being happy to being sad. It's frozen. You can use it, then recycle it. -Chuck Close

I have no intention of flattering people. I like wrinkles and crow's feet and flaws, and somebody should know, if I'm going to photograph them, that's going to show up, you know? -Chuck Close

For a period of time, I carried cameras with me wherever I went, and then I realized that my interest in photography was turning toward the conceptual. So I wasn't carrying around cameras shooting stuff, I was developing concepts about what I wanted to shoot. And then I'd get the camera angle and do the job. -Leonard Nimoy

I have a master's degree in photography as a fine art, and I would call my work primarily conceptual. I don't carry cameras with me wherever I go. I get an idea of a subject matter I want to deal with and I pull out my cameras. -Leonard Nimoy

I became enamored with photography when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I've been at it ever since. I studied seriously in the '70s. -Leonard Nimoy

Some people, myself in particular, have an adversarial relationship with the camera, and it sprouts up in every photograph. -Nick Cave

In the time between records, I always have lots of stuff going on. I shoot photography, make little sculptures, play video games. -Adam Jones

One of my great goals when I first started taking photographs or showing them publicly is that people might want one for over their desk. That's my goal. -Patti Smith

There are so many great 19th-century photographers, and it's really my favorite period, but the amateurs did such beautiful work. -Patti Smith

Truthfully, I don't really think of myself as a photographer. I don't have all the disciplines and knowledge of a person who's spent their life devoted to photography. -Patti Smith

I love photography and first editions. I have that in my genes. My father was an archivist. -Winona Ryder

I wanted to go to acting school, and I did a few modeling jobs to pay for acting school. I never aspired to be a model. I met lots of photographers, and I learned a lot about light – as a source of love and illumination, light as a gift of love. On film, that's a massive contribution. -Jacqueline Bisset

My wife sent her photograph to the lonely hearts club. They sent it back, said they weren't that lonely. -Les Dawson

I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs. -Alfred Stieglitz

I have been criticized a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph. I'm not embarrassed about it. I'm proud of it. If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, 'What an actress! What a faker!' -Kristen Stewart

I never thought I was particularly good looking. But when I see old photographs, I realise that I was. I do wish I had known that at the time because beauty is power. I didn't realise how lucky I was to be young, beautiful and in Hollywood. It didn't hit me. Every day I woke up, went to the film studio and just got on with it. -Joan Collins

I used to not be confident. My father certainly didn't add to my confidence. When I was 17 or 18, I was voted the most beautiful girl in England by the association of press photographers. When they called Daddy for a comment, he said, 'I'm amazed. She's a nice looking girl, but nothing special.' -Joan Collins

I feed on other people's creativity, photographers, artists of every kind. Sometimes a feeling that you get listening to a song can be so powerful. I've wanted to write whole scripts around what I felt just listening to a piece of music. I think music is important, and surrounding your visual field with stimulating things. -James Cameron

My first modeling job in Paris, the photographer said, 'Tue es belle,' which means, 'you are pretty,' and I thought he said, 'Tu es poubelle,' which means, 'you are the trash can.' I burst into tears. He was not happy about that. -Rachel Nichols

A Hubble Space Telescope photograph of the universe evokes far more awe for creation than light streaming through a stained glass window in a cathedral. -Michael Shermer

I think the first photograph I did was a ballplayer. It was a way of showing action or something. -Andy Warhol

The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it's very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music. Most people's eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, then they'll understand the music. -Bjork

Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I'm interested in a lot of creative stuff. -Jeff Bridges

I fell in love with the darkroom, and that was part of being a photographer at the time. The darkroom was unbelievably sexy. I would spend all night in the darkroom. -Annie Leibovitz

I'm a huge, huge fan of photography. I have a small photography collection. As soon as I started to make some money, I bought my very first photograph: an Henri Cartier-Bresson. Then I bought a Robert Frank. -Annie Leibovitz

Those who want to be serious photographers, you're really going to have to edit your work. You're going to have to understand what you're doing. You're going to have to not just shoot, shoot, shoot. To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do. -Annie Leibovitz

As much as I'm not a journalist, I use journalism. And when you photograph a relationship, it's quite wonderful to let something unfold in front of you. -Annie Leibovitz

I've never liked the word 'celebrity.' I like to photograph people who are good at what they do. -Annie Leibovitz

There were some advantages to being a woman photographer. I think women have more empathy with the subject. -Annie Leibovitz

I fight to take a good photograph every single time. -Annie Leibovitz

Through books and photographs, I saw a world that was not my own – and I realized that there was another world. That's why I'm concerned about education, because it helps our children see other worlds. -Bette Midler

In a world and a life that moves so fast, photography just makes the sound go out and it makes you stop and take a pause. Photography calms me. -Drew Barrymore

Americans are always mortified when I tell them this, but in England, it's a tradition to put your plaques and photographs and awards and gold records and stuff in your bathroom. I don't know why. -Adele

There's nothing wrong with being a fashion photographer, but it's a bit limited. -David Bailey

Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration. -David Bailey

The first half of the 20th century belongs to Picasso, and the second half is about photography. They said digital would kill photography because everyone can do it, but they said that about the box brownie in 1885 when it came out. It makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture. -David Bailey

I cannot draw to save my life, and I'm not a big art scholar, but I worked with many designers throughout my career – in theater, in dance, costume designers, set designers, and I have a lot of artist friends and I do photography, and I think it's kind of in my life. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

Everything I do, it's a bit painterly. I like being surrounded by objects, mostly on paper. I like the images. I like the painting. I like good photography. It's something that makes me an emotional connection, and I feel comfortable around it. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

You open a section of 'The New York Times,' and there's a review or a story on a choreographer or a dancer, and there's an informative, clear image of a dancer. This is, in my view, not an interesting photograph. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

My closest friends are Roger Moore, who is an actor, Sean Connery, who is an actor, Terry O'Neill, who is a photographer, Johnny Gold, who was the boss of Tramp, and Leslie Bricusse, who is a composer. -Michael Caine

I don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers. -Michael Caine

I'd like to take more pictures of real celebrities. It would be fabulous to photograph Brad Pitt. He's so good-looking and just such a star. -Alison Jackson

When I am preparing my 'lookalike' photographs, I think about the character of the real people, because, if the photographs are going to be plausible, you have to convince the viewer that they could have happened. -Alison Jackson

I suppose we carry photographs now, but I think it's rather wonderful that people used to carry drawings and watercolours. I wish people did that more often. -Alison Jackson

Art work is inconclusive. It opens your mind up. At least, that's what I hope it does. And advertising, using exactly the same photograph, closes things down. It makes it conclusive. It sells a product, and that is its primary function. -Alison Jackson

I started modeling at 14. It's simple. You respond to what the photographer wants and wear other people's ideas. I got bored with it, though, so I went to university. -Lily Cole

Aside from my modelling, by the early Nineties I was also starting to work as a photographer, which I loved. -Janice Dickinson

I have never seen a picture of my mother. My mother's family never owned a photograph of her, which tells you everything you need to know about where I'm from and what the world was like for the people who gave me life. -Marcus Samuelsson

I had seen the photographs of Harlem in its glory days, stylish men in bespoke suits, women so well dressed that they'd put the models in 'Vogue' to shame. I knew that Harlemites loved to dance, to pray, and to eat. -Marcus Samuelsson

A girl must have an indefinable magic, real character, a strong sense of self. Her role is to respond to the brief of a photographer or communicate the vision of a designer – while making whatever she does look utterly effortless and whatever she wears utterly seamless. -Erin O'Connor

Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn't interest me. -William Eggleston

You want to make the photograph work in every way possible. Doesn't matter where it is in the world. -William Eggleston

I've done a lot of commercial work. I'm the complete photographer. -Duane Michals

There are those photographers who have made a whole career doing commercial work but have never had a museum show, and then there are others who've only had museum shows but couldn't survive for five seconds in the real world of photography. But I've done absolutely everything. -Duane Michals

People of my generation who became photographers in the late fifties, early sixties, there were no rewards in photography. There were no museum shows. Maybe MOMA would show something, or Chicago. There were no galleries. Nobody bought photographs. -Duane Michals

A lot of photographers walk around looking for something 'out there,' but I'm very much interested in what's 'in here.' -Duane Michals

You can't see fear or lust; you can't photograph someone's anxieties, how disappointment feels. Photographs are approximations. -Duane Michals

Photographers usually want to photograph facts and things. But I'm interested in the nature of the thing itself. A photograph of someone sleeping tells me nothing about their dream state; a photograph of a corpse tells me nothing about the nature of death. My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient. -Duane Michals

I have always found photography magical, and became more taken with it whilst modeling. -Hanneli Mustaparta

I'm self-taught and emailed photographers I knew if I had questions I couldn't figure out from the manual or online. -Hanneli Mustaparta

Criticism is hypocrisy; society is hypocrisy. I'm a tourist. I'm a consumer. I do the things that I photograph and can be criticized of. -Martin Parr

Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate, and that is an aspect that I have to puncture. I do that by showing the world as I really find it. -Martin Parr

If there is any jarring at all in my photographs, it's because we are so used to ingesting pictures of everywhere looking beautiful. -Martin Parr

I photograph wealth. -Martin Parr

In the '70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography. -Martin Parr

I would drown in objects if I didn't have the ability to photograph them. -Martin Parr

TV-makers usually don't know much about photography. -Martin Parr

There are 65 to 70 photography galleries in New York alone. In the U.K., there are no more than five, and they're all in London. -Martin Parr

I photograph people as I find them. But people have issues about how they look. -Martin Parr

I never think of photographs as being individual. Always as a group. -Martin Parr

I like to keep in touch with younger photographers. It's important that a younger generation comes up and questions the assumptions made by old farts like me. -Martin Parr

I do read many of the photography magazines from the U.K. and abroad. -Martin Parr

I have been photographing people dancing for 20 or 30 years now, and I think I will eventually do a book of dancing photos. -Martin Parr

Over the years, I have perfected the art of dancing and photographing at the same time: it's a great double act. If you're dancing, you are joining in. If you stand there rigid, you are not in the flow of things. -Martin Parr

Most of the photographs people take with their cameraphones are of little value in terms of documentary. -Martin Parr

You can easily take photographs at a wedding – no one would question it. But funerals are different. -Martin Parr

I always take photographs when I attend a funeral. Most people there know who I am and expect me to be there with my camera. -Martin Parr

Sometimes you feel uncomfortable taking a photograph, but that's all part of the job. -Martin Parr

Sepia in particular tends to make everything look a bit romantic and almost sentimental, hence the fact that it remains such a popular choice for wedding photographs. -Martin Parr

Most of us, when we go out with a camera in our own country, try to find exotic subject matter to photograph. -Martin Parr

By default, I am a travel photographer. I work on a combination of commissions and personal projects that take me around the world. -Martin Parr

For those aspiring to make a living from travel photography, it's a sad fact that the boring shots are the shots that are going to make you money. -Martin Parr

I paint in acrylic and sometimes in oil. Sometimes I'll paint my kids. And I'll occasionally do some photography. -Jim Lee

I would like to do all kinds of things: photography and art and designing; I want to help do charity things for animals and things like that. -Georgia May Jagger

I've met a lot of artists who wanted to paint me. LeRoy Neiman was one. He did it from a photograph. He made 20,000 copies, and we sold them all. -Shaquille O'Neal

When you put an individual on the cover of a big picture magazine, like 'Life of Look', their career skyrocketed. As a photographer, you were very empowered; people came to you, bowing to you and what you represented. -Douglas Kirkland

I did photograph Angelina Jolie up in Vancouver when she was making 'Life Or Something Like It', and they gave me the drawings they wanted me to photograph of her up there, but she didn't really care for them that much, and ultimately they weren't even used. -Douglas Kirkland

I like to talk to people and, obviously, to photograph them. -Douglas Kirkland

I believe Photoshop is in some way the contemporary darkroom, the creative area that all photographers have available today. -Douglas Kirkland

I'll photograph weddings, friends – I'm not too good for anything. -Douglas Kirkland

I consider myself very lucky. I'm known for photographing celebrities, but, in a nutshell, my first love is photography. -Douglas Kirkland

At the beginning, Edo was a photographer, and I was more of a talent scout and doing styling and modelling. Then all of a sudden, in 1977, he gave me a Polaroid camera, and I discovered that instead of having to go to a lab and develop the film, I could just take a click and get a picture! It was genius, and I was very good at manipulating it. -Maripol

The really simple approach to photography is a great balance to making the films. -Anton Corbijn

Once you make decisions, you can't go back, but in photography, that process can continue. With film, you have to eliminate all the possibilities and make the one possibility work the best for you, so you have to become very creative with the direction you've chosen. -Anton Corbijn

You always want to come back with an image that's interesting visually, and you hope to get something from the person you photograph that's different than other images you know of these people. -Anton Corbijn

I don't have lights, I don't have assistants, I just go and meet somebody and take a photograph. That's really basic, and that's how I used to work when I was 17 or 18 in Holland. -Anton Corbijn

I didn't really know how to make a film when I made 'Control'. I had to create my own language, just as I did when I started taking photographs. I never studied either one. -Anton Corbijn

My photography changed from being more documentary-like to arranging things more, and that came into being partly because I started doing music videos, and I incorporated some things from the music videos into my photography again, by arranging things more. -Anton Corbijn

There are some elements of digital photography that I don't really like, such as the fact that you see the results immediately. -Anton Corbijn

I've always thought photography was a bit of an adventure, so to come home with the film, develop it, then look at the results has more of a sense of excitement. -Anton Corbijn

In England, I'm already labeled a rock photographer, which is a little insulting, because I'm not a rock photographer at all. -Anton Corbijn

The only advantage of the CD is that you have a booklet that can tell a bit of a story, but the little covers are just boring. I love vinyl, and I have loads of it. It's the same thing as digital photography versus film photography. It's a quality thing. -Anton Corbijn

I don't want to knock photography, and I don't feel that film is up there but photography isn't. I think they're next to each other really, you know. There's an incredible strength to a still picture. Or there can be an incredible strength to a still picture that can outlive you. That can outlive a film. -Anton Corbijn

I happen to take photographs, and they happen to be used for a lot of things, but they're not really made to order. They're paid for, but they're not made for order. I've never really done real commercial work. -Anton Corbijn

With photography, you are lucky if you get people to look at your pictures at some point. There's no formal way to show them. -Anton Corbijn

Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design. -Anton Corbijn

My first pictures are from 1972, and my first proper camera dates back to 1973. During the first year I used my father's camera. It had a flash on it, which I don't like, but I didn't know anything about photography back then, so it was just what I did. -Anton Corbijn

In 1979, I moved to England and photographed Joy Division and Bowie and Beefheart. At that time I got images that I felt had that special, well – power is a big word to say – more like intimacy and ambition that outlasted the photo shoot. I felt that they would have a longer life. -Anton Corbijn

I photograph artists, and some of them are very well known, but if you ask the average man on the street, 'Do you like Anselm Kiefer?' He would stare at you with a blank stare, because these are not celebrities. They are celebrated in a specific circle. -Anton Corbijn

For me N.M.E. was a very big thing. When I first came to the United Kingdom I started taking pictures for them and I became their main photographer for five years, and that's really been the basis of everything I've been doing since. -Anton Corbijn

People think: 'If this photographer's looking like a big jerk-off, maybe it's okay if I do.' I like to catch my subjects off balance a bit. -Mick Rock

I'd photographed musicians before but this was different. Syd was very charismatic, and he had the aura of a poete maudit, which made him the perfect subject for me – I realised that rock n' rollers were the modern equivalent of all the poets I was so enamoured with. -Mick Rock

Some photographers work on the same image for hours and hours and then use the first picture that they took. -Alice Dellal

The fashion industry certainly has its obscene sides. The cost of a coat can be obscene. So can the cost of a photo shoot if you're working with a really good photographer. -Carine Roitfeld

If Caravaggio was a photographer today, I would love to work with him. I love his dark vision – I have a dark vision. -Carine Roitfeld

French 'Vogue' was always a photographer's magazine. -Carine Roitfeld

Accompanied by an Australian photographer named Nigel Brennan, I'd gone to Somalia to work as a freelance journalist, on a trip that was meant to last only ten days. -Amanda Lindhout

My pictures are my eyes. I photograph what I see – and what I want to see. -Mario Testino

Grunge came from a group of English photographers, and they were documenting their own reality… I'm South American – we celebrate life. -Mario Testino

Ultimately, I made my range wider because I wanted to suit each publication that I worked for. Talk about reinvention – I'm like the Madonna of photography. -Mario Testino

It's a choice – there are two different sorts of photographer: those obsessed with the technicalities and those obsessed by the subject. -Mario Testino

A lot of photographers like models to be blank canvases – but bland girls don't influence me. I don't like playing with dolls; I like playing with people. -Mario Testino

I've been criticised for pretty, smiley photographs, but at least someone is happy! In my mind, I am always giving the image to the sitter. -Mario Testino

Many people when I started didn't believe I was a good fashion photographer, and probably they still think that. -Mario Testino

A lot of fashion photographers will do the same sort of image for many years; it's easier to be successful if you do that. -Mario Testino

I don't like a tormented photograph. Something attracts you in them, but the attraction isn't because she has a pot on her head or tonnes of make-up and weird clothes and weird everything. -Mario Testino

I never notice a difference between photographing a man and a woman; for me, it's just somebody. -Mario Testino

To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn't exist before and couldn't exist after. It's almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you're dead – not them. To me, photography's always like that. -Mario Testino

Fine artists reflect, and then they act. Fashion photographers – we act, and then we reflect. -Mario Testino

A photograph can make you feel so many different things. When you look at war photographs of Vietnam, or something similar, it makes you feel anguish and sadness and pain. Then in other moments, when you look at Jackie Kennedy walking down Fifth Avenue, that makes you feel glory and richness. -Mario Testino

I find that my entire life has come to me, and things happened without me planning them. You know, I never asked to photograph Princess Diana, and that made me more famous than I wanted. I never asked to photograph Madonna, and that pushed me to another level. There are things that just take you into the limelight. -Mario Testino

My original idea was to photograph Princess Diana in her tiara. But then I thought, am I interested in seeing another picture of her as a royal person, or would I rather see what she is actually about? And that's why I decided to do her without jewels, without shoes, without trimmings. -Mario Testino

I am trying to capture the women I photograph at their happiest. That is when they look their most beautiful. But I do understand that you have to make somebody feel completely comfortable in order to bring that out. -Mario Testino

I started being a photographer because I liked fashion. I liked the idea of dressing up and changing my look. I got earrings, dyed my hair. I would dress like a fashion photo. -Mario Testino

A fashion photographer is nothing without clothes and hair and makeup. And when I speak to other photographers, a lot of them can't reference a picture by the designer. Me, I say, 'The Balenciaga.' And I go to the shows. I feel like it's my business. -Mario Testino

When I had photographed Prince William's mother, I brought along a CD of Dalida, a French singer, that we played on set all day to relax everyone. I decided to do the same thing for Catherine and William. The contrast of the contemporary informal music playing in the beautiful rooms with so much history caused a lot of laughter. -Mario Testino

However spontaneous I hope a photograph will look, I always put a lot of thought into how I can make it happen. The very best pictures are the most relaxed, so a lot of fussing around technically can completely break the spell, and everyone freezes up with nerves. -Mario Testino

Even someone as photographed and aware of the camera as members of the royal family needs to feel completely comfortable if they are to look their best. -Mario Testino

At the beginning of my career, as a boy from Peru in London, suddenly discovering British culture and society, I looked so much at the work of the photographers Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson, which seemed to represent a wonderful vanished grandeur of my new country. -Mario Testino

When you understand how to do that dance, when the photographer says, 'Hold it, do it,' and you know you're getting it right, oh, the fun. It is fun. -Carmen Dell'Orefice

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