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Blah, blah, blah.  We’re visual artists, so why waste our attention on words?

June’s “Little Gallery” discussion was ALL about words…”great quotes” from great artists and our reactions to them…in our own words.  It seems that there were no complaints, as LICP members spouted yays and nays in filleting quotes by names such as  Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Imogen Cunningham, Matt hardy, Joan Miro, even a notable named “Anonymous” (not to be confused with Hieronymus). Debate was so animated that we didn’t get to finish the list of other worthy quotes. For those of you who weren’t fortunate to be at the meeting, here, again, is the list:

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.                                             Joan Miro

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.  

William Albert Allard

You don’t make a photograph with just a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, all the books you have read, the music you have heard  and the people you have loved.                         Ansel Adams

To the complaint “there are no people in these photographs,” I respond: “there always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”             Ansel Adams


The first 10,000 photographs are your worst.                               Henri Cartier-Bresson

Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.                                                                              Matt Hardy

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.                                    

Elliot Erwitt

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are In yourself, for what we see is what we are.                                                         Ernst Haas

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. It is the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a personal style.                          Chuck Close

The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.


Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

                       Imogen Cunningham

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.           

  W. Eugene Smith

I didn’t write the rules. Why should I follow them?

           W. Eugene Smith

A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.”                                                                                                                             Irving Penn

Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait, put on a face they think is one they would like to show the world. Very often what lies abehind the façade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe.                                                                                                                            rving Penn

To consult the rules of composition is like consulting the laws of gravitation before going for a walk.          Eugene Weston

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling.  If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”             Dorothea Lange

And finally, this one, submitted by Joseph Neumayer:“ “Intelligence looks for what is known to solve probems. Creativity looks for what is unknown to discover problems.”


And our surprise Discovery of Interest, from Joseph Neumayer: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Airlines-have-rules-about-taking-photos-video-on-11176999.php