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1. "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."
Author: Aaron Siskind
2. "Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs."
Author: Alfred Stieglitz
3. "There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy."
Author: Annie Leibovitz
4. "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."
Author: Ansel Adams
5. "When I went to L.A., I started modeling, hoping to travel and learn from photographers. It led to auditions to do commercials."
Author: Beth Riesgraf
6. "Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters."
Author: Buffy Sainte Marie
7. "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."
Author: Cindy Margolis
8. "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."
Author: Daniel Silva
9. "Photographers, like few other kinds of artists I can imagine, have an insanelypersonal relationship with their gear."
Author: David DuChemin
10. "I believe Photoshop is in some way the contemporary darkroom, the creative area that all photographers have available today."
Author: Douglas Kirkland
11. "The majority of photographers focus on the obvious. They believe and accept what their eyes tell them, and yet eyes know nothing."
Author: Duane Michals
12. "Photography is very presumptuous. Photographers are always photographing other people's lives - something they know nothing about - and drawing great inferences into it."
Author: Duane Michals
13. "He nodded, looking across the room at the sea of photographers and journalists. The microphones spread around him like birds waiting to be fed."
Author: F.C. Malby
14. "These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message."
Author: Galen Rowell
15. "I'm self-taught and emailed photographers I knew if I had questions I couldn't figure out from the manual or online."
Author: Hanneli Mustaparta
16. "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."
Author: Helmut Newton
17. "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."
Author: Helmut Newton
18. "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."
Author: Henri Cartier Bresson
19. "Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."
Author: Henri Cartier Bresson
20. "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."
Author: Jack Osbourne
21. "Making information free is survivable so long as only limited numbers of people are disenfranchised. As much as it pains me to say so, we can survive if we only destroy the middle classes of musicians, journalists, and photographers. What is not survivable is the additional destruction of the middle classes in transportation, manufacturing, energy, office work, education, and health care. And all that destruction will come surely enough if the dominant idea of an information economy isn't improved."
Author: Jaron Lanier
22. "They had to pretend because our high-ranking politician knew not a word of English (well, when he said goodbye he did risk a "Good luck") and the high-ranking British politician knew not a word of Spanish (although she did say "Buen d?a" to me as she gave me an iron handshake). So while the former was mumbling gibberish in Spanish, inaudible to cameras and photographers, all the time keeping a broad smile trained on his guest, as if he were regaling her with interesting banter (what he said was not, however, inaudible to me: I seem to remember that he kept repeating "One, two, three, four, five, what a lovely time we're going to have"). The latter was muttering nonsense in her own language, and smiling even more broadly than him ("Cheese," she kept saying, which is what all English people being photographed are told to say, and then various untranslatable onomatopoeic words such as "Tweedle tweedle, biddle diddle, twit and fiddle, tweedle twang")."
Author: Javier Marías
23. "He seemed to savor telling the story, as if he'd memorized its details especially for her: how three or four days after she and Lulu had left the general's redoubt, the photographers began showing up, first one or two whom the soldiers ferreted out of the jungle and imprisoned, then more, too many to capture or even count-they were superb hiders, crouching like monkeys in the trees, burying themselves i shallow pits camouflaging inside bunches of leaves. Assassins has never managed to locate the general with any precision, but the photographers made it look easy: scores of them surging across the border without visas, curled in baskets and wine casks, rolled up in rugs, juddering over unpaved roads in the backs of trucks and eventually surrounding the general's enclave, which he didn't dare leave."
Author: Jennifer Egan
24. "I get photographers hiding in my bushes. We're way past autographs. We're into being stalked and followed."
Author: Jennifer Lawrence
25. "Like most photographers, I try to capture a moment in my work."
Author: Julian Lennon
26. "He knew why he and the other children received ice cream only when newspaper photographers came to visit, and why food and clothing donated for the children got furtively resold outside the orphanage gate."
Author: Katherine Boo
27. "I prefer friends who walks with me in the shade - because friends, who constantly splendor in the glow of the flash of photographers, and sometimes accompany me - at every turn in times of success, this species of friends are suspect to me."
Author: Kristian Goldmund Aumann
28. "I look at my first appointment book from 1965 and I get dizzy. I was constantly in a phone booth calling photographers."
Author: Lauren Hutton
29. "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."
Author: Lawrence Schiller
30. "I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
31. "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."
Author: Mario Testino
32. "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."
Author: Mario Testino
33. "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."
Author: Mario Testino
34. "Fine artists reflect, and then they act. Fashion photographers - we act, and then we reflect."
Author: Mario Testino
35. "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."
Author: Martin Bashir
36. "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."
Author: Mary Ellen Mark
37. "One of my all-time favorite photographers is Irving Penn. I wish I could have watched him work."
Author: Mary Ellen Mark
38. "You sometimes heard about the marginally talented wives of powerful men publishing children's books or designing handbags or, most commonly, becoming photographers. There might even be a show of the wife's work in a well-known but slightly off gallery. Everyone would come see it, and they would treat the wife with unctuous respect. Her photographs of celebrities without makeup, and seascapes, and street people, would be enormous, as though size and great equipment could make up for whatever else was missing."
Author: Meg Wolitzer
39. "He had not understood that we were combat photographers, and our jobs were as relevant and justifiable—or as irrelevant and unjustifiable—as anyone's in Vietnam."
Author: Nick Mills
40. "Photographers have to make the clothes look fantastic; that's why we get paid."
Author: Patrick Demarchelier
41. "Camera lies all the time. It's all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you... the moment you've made a choice, you're lying about something larger. 'Lying' is an ugly word. I don't mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same."
Author: Richard Avedon
42. "The unary Photograph has every reason to be banal, 'unity' of composition being the first rule of vulgar (and notably, of academic) rhetoric: 'The subject,' says one handbook for amateur photographers, 'must be simple, free of useless accessories; this is called the Search for Unity."
Author: Roland Barthes
43. "Bikers, in general, have just been so attractive to people. Photographers would follow them because there's this weird warrior gravitas that comes with it. The bikes are loud, they have tattoos, they have artwork that they all wear on their jackets."
Author: Ryan Hurst
44. "I know most of the photographers in Ireland. And if I don't want my photograph taken, they will leave me alone."
Author: Saoirse Ronan
45. "It was enough to make me feel like retreating into some wooded or snowy clime, where only the most determined photographers or Mary-hunters might find me."
Author: Tara Altebrando
46. "Most photographers have some kind of verbal patter going on when they shoot: "Great. Turn to me. Big smile. Less shark eyes. Have fun with it. Not like that." Some photographers are compulsively effusive. "Beautiful. Amazing. Gorgeous! Ugh, so gorgeous!" they yell at shutter speed. If you are anything less than insane, you will realize this is not sincere. It's hard to take because it's more positive feedback than you've received in your entire life thrown at you in fifteen seconds. It would be like going jogging while someone rode next to you in a slow-moving car, yelling, "Yes! You are Carl Lewis! You're breaking a world record right now. Amazing! You are fast. You're going very fast, yes!"
Author: Tina Fey
47. "People, photographers, people in the press can sometimes be inappropriate."
Author: Tobey Maguire
48. "I want to try out for Playmate actually. I talked to one of the photographers about doing test shots."
Author: Trishelle Cannatella
49. "Both those taking snaps and documentary photographers, however, have not understood 'information.' What they produce are camera memories, not information, and the better they do it, the more they prove the victory of the camera over the human being."
Author: Vilém Flusser
50. "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."
Author: William Albert Allard

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