Posts Tagged ‘picture’

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

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

October 26, 2009



My picture-taking and picture-making

are as different as day and night. I

take my pictures quite unconsciously.

I see them in my mind and. . .

it is done without thinking. I feel the

exposure. My only concern is to

be ready for that moment of truth,

always ready to grasp it quickly

before it’s gone, or to wait

patiently until that split-second when it appears.

Nell Dorr


American Photographer 

Quote of the Day

October 21, 2009



Here, then, was a paradox of

picture taking that appeared 

from the start. Despite its 

promise of the ultimate

document, of a picture more

realistic than art could

achieve, the camera was also

an instrument of artifice

and posing, even fakery

and deceit. The invention

that enabled people to write

with the sun would blur the distinction between appearance and reality,

between the image and the event. 

Kiku Adatto

[Kiku Adatto is an author, scholar and commentator on American society and culture.] 

Quote of the Day

October 9, 2009



Like it or not, a photograph is an art form, regardless of subject or style. One of the reasons I can make this generalisation is that as with anything artistic, its not a definitive thing; it means different things to different viewers and is totally subjective. To one viewer it may be crap, to another it may be superb. Just like music, sculpture, painting, the written word or film, it stirs up a different feeling and thought within anyone who looks at a picture. Its not finite like a mathematical formula but totally infinite in its communication.

Edmond Terakopian

British Freelance Press Photographer

Quote of the Day

October 2, 2009




The feeling we experience

while we look at a picture

is not to be distinguished

from the picture or from

ourselves. The feeling,

picture, and ourselves are

united in one mystery.


Rene Magritte


Belgian Artist

Quote of the Day

September 9, 2009



Art and picture making with

a camera are fundamentally

the same, requiring such

essential qualities as good

taste, beauty of line, and

perfect juxtaposition of tone,

together with atmosphere

that stirs the emotion…

With vision and imagination

in the mind of the operator,

the most exquisite results

can be obtained with detail that no other medium can record

with such precision.


Gilbert Adams

(1906 – 1996)

British Photographer

Quote of the Day

August 16, 2009





The picture… will reveal a truth of fact, of feeling, of experience, of aesthetic power, of form, of life itself – and this not only to you but also to one or all who look at it. The picture may even tell different things to different people – but it will tell. This may be a yardstick for the quality of your photograph.




Tim Gidal

(1909 – 1996)

German-born Israeli Photojournalist

Quote of the Day

August 15, 2009



A still photograph is called

a still photograph because

the picture doesn’t move, not

because the objects in the

picture are not in motion.

The photographer’s mission,

should he decide to accept it,

is to capture motion

with stillness.




Vincent Versace

American Photographer