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The greatest thing the human soul ever does in the world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion.
— John Ruskin 1874
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information..
— Man Ray
When I first made photographs, they were too plain to be considered art and I wasn’t considered an artist. I didn’t get any attention at all. The people who looked at my work thought, well, that’s just a snapshot of the backyard. Privately I knew otherwise and through stubbornness stayed with it.
— Walker Evans
Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.
— Garry Winogrand
The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way.
— Diane Arbus
We’re all drunks, it just depends to what extent.
— Adam Straton