Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Bruce Barnbaum (4 quotes)

1943 -
Bruce Barnbaum of Granite Falls, Washington entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s. After 40 years, it is still his hobby; it has also been his life’s work since 1970. He has taught workshops since 1972. Barnbaum has published 4 book and is a fequent contributor to several photography magazines. He is also recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both through his exceptional b&w work, and also through his color imagery.
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"I think that's necessary in photography. We try to simplify the chaos that's out there - and that's true of the natural world as well as the mad-made world. Clearly, it's easier in the mad-made world because it has already been structured."
"I'd really rather leave it to others to say what they see in it and to see if I've put something into my photographs beyond a mere recording. Yes, I've chosen the camera position, how I'm going to print the negative, the angel of the lens, what I'm going to include and exclude in the composition, so on and so forth. But, I'm still photographing a work of art, and I would rather leave it to others to comment on my work, as I just left it to you."
"There's a rapport that any photographer is going to have with his subject matter. And if you don't have a rapport, you're going to find the task of photographing it difficult."
"...I always feel it's necessary to look at my images from two distances. Here is my criterion: If I can look at it from a distance and then come up close but find nothing more to see, it's printed too large. It's not giving me any new information when I come up to it."