Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by David Hurn (14 quotes)

(1934- )
An English photographer who has been a member of Magnum for over 30 years, earning a reputation as one of Britain's leading reportage photographers. His work - in black and white - often takes us behind the scenes and gives us a view of the unusual and the eccentric in ordinary situations, often shown with humour.
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"There are many forms of photography. I consider myself simply a recorder of that which I find of interest around me. I personally have no desire to create or stage direct ideas."
Source: Mostly Photography
Photography > Photographer
Quote #233
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"Life as it unfolds in front of the camera is full of so much complexity, wonder and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities. There is more pleasure, for me, in things as-they-are."
Source: Magnum Photos
Photography > Photographer
Quote #234
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"The destination of the photograph is to reveal what something or somebody looked like, under a particular set of conditions, at a particular moment in time, and to transmit the results to others."
Photography > General
Quote #267
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"There is an analogy which I like to use: When I landscaped my garden I needed to plant trees. I could have obtained an instant tree by collecting an assortment of trunks, branches, twigs and leaves and assembling the bits. But the tree would be dead; it would never grow into something else. So the starting point was a sapling which, by careful nurturing, and a good deal of patience, will grow into a tree, often into a form which could not have been predicted. It seems to me that it is the same with a body of work, of any merit, in photography. The greatest scope for deep-rooted, organic growth begins with the simplest of premises: the direct visual encounter with a selected subject."
Photography > General
Quote #365
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"I'm a photographer, obviously. My chosen tool for understanding life, and communicating the results of this search to others, is the camera."
"My advice is: learn from the best or teach yourself. And do not bother at all if you do not have an exaggerated sense of curiosity."
"This idea fascinates me. The idea that a few seconds of watching a photographer in action can tell you his/her status in the medium. And it's true. If you watch a photographer of merit working an event he/she does not look like an amateur..."
"...one day I was speculating on how I would like to look back on life and I decided I wanted to feel that I was a photographer rather than a teacher. As simple as that."
"Learn from the best; the second raters have nothing to offer."
"It is the purpose of life that each of us strives to become actually what he or she is potentially. Each photographer, then, should be obsessed with stretching towards that goal through an understanding of others and the world we inhabit. When that happens, the results, like photographs, are really the expressions of the life of the maker."
"In previous ages the word 'art' was used to cover all forms of human skill. The Greeks believed that these skills were given by the gods to man for the purpose of improving the condition of life. In a real sense, photography has fulfilled the Greek ideal of art; it should not only improve the photographer, but also improve the world."
"I never claim my photographs reveal some definitive truth. I claim that this is what I saw and felt about the subject at the time the pictures were made. That's all that any photographer can claim. I do not know any great photographer who would presume otherwise."
"I think of myself as a reportage photographer. I like the word. It implies a personal account of an observed event with connotations of subjectivity but honesty. It is eye-witness photography."
"You are not a photographer because you are interested in photography."