Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Berenice Abbott (11 quotes)

(1898-1991)
An American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. Abbott was part of the straight photography movement, which stressed the importance of photographs being unmanipulated.
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"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."
Source: "Infinity" (magazine), 1951
Photography > General
Quote #76
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"Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past."
Source: "Infinity" (magazine), 1951
Photography > General
Quote #77
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"Photography helps people to see."
Photography > General
Quote #78
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"Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term--selectivity."
Photography > General
Quote #89
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"Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself."
Photography > General
Quote #124
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"I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph."
Source: Abbott, Berenice. "The Berenice Abbott Protfolio", Preface. (1976)
Photography > Photographer
Quote #291
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"There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own."
Uncategorized > Uncategorized
Quote #292
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"The camera is not an instrument of preservation, the image is."
Photography > Equipment
Quote #293
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"The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective. What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework - that to me is the art of photography."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #294
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"I didn't decide to be a photographer, I just happened to fall into it. "
Photography > Photographer
Quote #295
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"Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring."
Photography > General
Quote #375
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