Archive for the ‘quote’ Category

Quote of the Day

January 2, 2010

You see fleeting perfection of form merging with a significant substance, and you make a clicking noise only a hair’s breadth away. You have then judged something, reported something, ostensibly truthfully… And when you made a clicking noise you said something eloquently if you are skilled.

Burk Uzzle

(1938 –    )

American Photographer

Burk is the guy who took a bunch of Woodstock pics.

From Boing Boing:

“Burk Uzzle shot the festival from the vantage point of a participant. In one particularly telling photograph, a sea of humanity as dense as a carpet of wildflowers in a meadow spills over a hillside; in another, a young hippie couple standing in a tender embrace under a grandmother’s quilt became the icon of a generation. Rather than document the music, Uzzle chose to focus on details of living, existence, and enjoyment over that three day period. In so doing, he captured the spirit of the festival and ultimately an era.”


And here’s the story behind one well-known Woodstock photo:



Quote of the Day

December 26, 2009




The greatest value

of a picture is

when it forces us

to notice what

we never expected

to see.

John W. Tukey

(1915 – 2000)

American Chemist/


Tukey was an pre-computer home-schooled data geek. Check out his bio here:


The following is from Wiki:

“Tukey coined many statistical terms that have become part of common usage, but the two most famous coinages attributed to him were related to computer science.

While working with John von Neumann on early computer designs, Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”.[2] The term “bit” was first used in an article by Claude Shannon in 1948.

The term “software“, which Paul Niquette claims he coined in 1953, was first used in print by Tukey in a 1958 article in American Mathematical Monthly, and thus some attribute the term to him;[3] incorrectly, according to Niquette’s claim.

[Is anyone else having a problem spacing the lines in their posts, or is it just me??? I keep trying for my usual

“white space” gaps, but the end view never appears as I’ve typed it.]

Quote of the Day

December 17, 2009

Photographs of people are

often frozen motion –

the moment made eternal.

In nature photography,

the opposite applies …

eternity is frozen and made

into a moment. We are

granted a glimpse of eternity itself.

Gudmundur Andri Thorsson
(1957 –    )

Icelandic author, editor and critic

Quote of the Day

December 7, 2009

Human gesture and expression are the essence of photography. It’s not about lights or fast lenses and fast film. It’s the ability to capture a moment in time. To capture the spirit of someone in that magic box is wonderful. It’s what I fell in love with as a kid. 

John Shearer

American Photographer

Note: I’ve found sites for two different John Shearers – either may or may not belong to the Quote of the Day Photographer mentioned above. Both, however, appear to have singers and musicians as their subjects:



Quote of the Day

December 1, 2009




Photography cannot

change the world,

but it can show the

world, especially when

it changes.





Marc Riboud

(1923-    )

French Photographer

Quote of the Day

November 30, 2009


I have been beset with a sense 

of urgency to record those parts 

of our heritage which seem to be

receding as quickly as the view

from the rear of a speeding train.

I fear that we are eradicating

the evidence of our past

accomplishments so quickly

that in time we may well lose

the sense of who we are.


David Plowden

(1932-     )

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

November 28, 2009



One very important difference

between color and monochromatic

photography is this: in black and white

you suggest; in color you state.

Much can be implied by suggestion,

but statement demands certainty…

absolute certainty.  



Paul Outerbridge Jr.


American Photographer

Quote of the Day

November 27, 2009


I have always been a firm believer

in photographic experiments. Only

by attempting everything personally

can a photographer begin to

understand the scope of

photography..… No picture, verbal

description or how-to-do-it

article can supersede first-hand




Waclaw Nowak

Polish Photographer

Quote of the Day

November 25, 2009

These portraits illustrate why

I normally like photographing

landscapes. No two-way 

conversation is necessary.

Once I see what I like the most

about their personality, I point

and shoot. For most portraits,

it is  necessary to talk to

the subject to develop the most 

cursory of relationships prior

to pushing the button to expose

the subject’s personality.


Stephen K. Malshuk

American Photographer

Quote of the Day

November 23, 2009



If a photograph stirs

the emotions in

at least one person,  

that makes it art.

This includes

the person who

clicked the shutter.




Henrik A. Lundh

Norwegian Photographer