“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
― Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
“A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you, the less you know.”
– Diane Arbus – 1923-1971
If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.
― Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
“One must be able to gain an understanding, at short notice and close range, of the beauties of character, intellect, and spirit so as to be able to draw out the best qualities and make them show in the outer aspect of the sitter. To do this one must not have a too pronounced notion of what constitutes beauty in the external and, above all, must not worship it. To worship beauty for its own sake is narrow, and one surely cannot derive from it that esthetic pleasure which comes from finding beauty in the commonest things.”– IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (1883-1976)