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Monuments to photographers and cameras

Monuments to photographers and cameras. Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia. Monuments to photographers and cameras

Monuments to photographers and cameras
All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. John Berger
This post is a tribute to a profession of a photographer, with a collection of quotes and pictures of monuments to photographers and cameras in different cities and countries. The work of a photographer is not a simple thing, as somebody said – “Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner”.

Monuments to photographers and cameras

Bas-relief of a photographer in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. Ambrose Bierce

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. Robert Adams, Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995

You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. Author Unknown

It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours. James Lalropui Keivom

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! Ted Grant

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. ~Minor White

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into. Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. Ansel Adams

The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. W. Eugene Smith

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. Author Unknown

The camera can photograph thought. Dirk Bogarde

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. Eudora Welty

The camera can photograph thought. Dirk Bogarde

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. William Albert Allard, “The Photographic Essay”

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. ~Edward Steichen

Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn’t a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say.

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture. If a photograph looks perishable we say, “Gee, I’m glad I have that moment.” John Loengard, “Pictures Under Discussion”

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera. Lewis Hine

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. Richard Avedon

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film. ~Author Unknown

Photographs that transcend but do not deny their literal situation appeal to me. Sam Abbel

A picture is worth a thousand words; a slide show is both. ~Author Unknown

One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style. Author Unknown

I didn’t want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature. Wynn Bullock

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. Duane Michals

Monuments to photographers and cameras