Quotes (To Live By)

“All good things…come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”

–Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It.”

I’ve worked out of a series of no’s. No to exquisite light, no to apparent compositions, no to the seduction of poses or narrative. And all these no’s force me to the “yes.” I have a white background. I have the person I’m interested in and the thing that happens between us.”

“I hate cameras.”

–Richard Avedon

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.”

–Aldous Huxley

“Bullshit! Do you want your pictures to be memorable or not? Be serious!”

–Dennis Stock

“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

“Life is absurd.”

 –Albert Camus

2 Responses to Quotes (To Live By)

  1. Willie Fagan says:

    Hey Doug,

    Greetings from here in Australia!!

    I appreciate the chance to come visit every now and then.

    I read with interest the article on chaos and fear. I have to say how much I agree with it.

    Surely we are photographers because we want to make the images that we want to make. It seems so simple.

    If it is purely about money and commerce – hey anyone can buy a donut franchise somewhere, eh?

    Keep up the great work and all the best to you and yours.


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