Paul Strand Quotes

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Paul Strand Quotes

The decision as to when to photograph, the actual click of the shutter, is partly controlled from the outside, by the flow of life, but it also comes from the mind and the heart of the artist. The photograph is his vision of the world and expresses, however subtly, his values and convictions.
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Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.

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It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.

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If you let other people's vision get between the world and your own, you will achieve that extremely common and worthless thing, a pictorial photograph.

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Whether a watercolor is inferior to an oil [painting], or whether a drawing, an etching, or a photograph is not as important as either, is inconsequent. To have to despise something in order to respect something else is a sign of impotence.

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All good art is abstract in its structure.

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The important thing is, you have to have something important to say about the world.

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I don't care how you photograph - use the kitchen mop if you must, but if the product is not true to the laws of photography ... you have produced something that is dead. (1923)

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The documentary photographer aims his camera at the real world to record truthfulness. At the same time, he must strive for form, to devise effective ways of organizing and using the material. For content and form are interrelated. The problems presented by content and form must be so developed that the result is fundimentally [sic] true to the realities of life as we know it. The chief problem is to find a form that adequately represents the reality.

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To be a photographer you must have something to say about the world.

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I think of myself as an explorer who has spent his life on a long voyage of discovery.

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