I was Googling away today on another topic and found this wonderful quote that was attributed to Ansel Adams. I’m not sure where he used it originally but it made fabulous reading: “We don’t make a photograph with just a camera. We bring to the act of photography all the books we have read, the movies we have seen, the music we have heard and the people we have loved.”
And I also liked this one as well which was used by film-maker Ric Burns in “Ansel Adams – A Documentary Film” for The American Experience, PBS, 2002. The quote is: Photographs… “stand as the lost records for the young and the future of what they missed. For the aging, for a little while, they will be a souvenir of what was lost.”
And lastly, this quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson: “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.”
Is it any wonder that public service bureaucrats just don’t understand photographers?