Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Sam Abell (11 quotes)

(1945- )
An American photographer known for his frequent publication of photographs in National Geographic.
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"As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay."
Source: Abell, Sam and Gilka, Robert E. "Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell"
Photography > General
Quote #74
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"For spiritual companions I have had the many artists who have relied on nature to help shape their imagination. And their most elaborate equipment was a deep reverence for the world through which they passed. Photographers share something with these artists. We seek only to see and to describe with our own voices, and, though we are seldom heard as soloists, we cannot photograph the world in any other way."
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #75
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"My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it."
Source: Abell, Sam and Gilka, Robert E. "Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #296
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"Photographs that transcend but do not deny their literal situation appeal to me. "
Source: Abell, Sam and Gilka, Robert E. "Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #297
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"You know you are seeing such a photograph if you say to yourself, "I could have taken that picture. I've seen such a scene before, but never like that." It is the kind of photography that relies for its strengths not on special equipment or effects but on the intensity of the photographer's seeing. It is the kind of photography in which the raw materials--light, space, and shape--are arranged in a meaningful and even universal way that gives grace to ordinary objects."
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > General
Quote #298
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"Above all, it's hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph. It is the edgy existence within me of these unmade images that is the only assurance that the best photographs are yet to be made."
Source: Abell, Sam and Gilka, Robert E. "Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #299
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"My first priority when taking pictures is to achieve clarity. A good documentary photograph transmits the information of the situation with the utmost fidelity; achieving it means understanding the nuances of lighting and composition, and also remembering to keep the lenses clean and the cameras steady. "
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #300
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"But there is more to a fine photograph than information. We are also seeking to present an image that arouses the curiosity of the viewer or that, best of all, provokes the viewer to think--to ask a question or simply to gaze in thoughtful wonder. We know that photographs inform people. We also know that photographs move people. The photograph that does both is the one we want to see and make. It is the kind of picture that makes you want to pick up your own camera again and go to work."
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > General
Quote #301
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"And that desire--the strong desire to take pictures--is important. It borders on a need, based on a habit: the habit of seeing. Whether working or not, photographers are looking, seeing, and thinking about what they see, a habit that is both a pleasure and a problem, for we seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of what we see and feel. It is the hope that we might express ourselves fully--and the evidence that other photographers have done so--that keep us taking pictures."
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #302
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"It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use."
Source: Abell, Sam. "Seeing and Shooting Straight"
Photography > Equipment
Quote #303
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"A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes."
Source: Abell, Sam and Gilka, Robert E. "Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell"
Photography > Photographer
Quote #304
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