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“I would say to any artist: ‘Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better’ “

“I go straight in very close to people and i do that because its the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, i don’t find it each. I don’t announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone’s photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But its the one thing that gives the game away. I don’t try and hide what I’m doing – that would be folly.” – Martin Parr
“Let the subject generate its own photographs. Become a camera” – Minor White
I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive. – Bill Brandt
“If the pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa
“You have to follow your nose… to have a mental attitude about what you feel good about and yearn for in a picture. Being able to say “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. That’s first” – Jan Groover
Photography is, to me, more than a means of expression, more than my particular prefession – it is a way of life. And if I were asked to choose one word which holds the key to my work I would select ‘light’ – for light is my language, and it is international, readily understood by any person of any race. It has been my good fortune to welcome before my camera many great men and woman who have made their mark on our generation and will find a place in history. I feel that my life’s work is to interpret th the best of my ability, the inner strength, the true character, of these personalities, through the medium of photographic portraiture. I can think of no elation equal to that when something close to my ideal is achieved, through necessarily there must always be a spark of what I call ‘divine discontent’ – the constant striving for near-perfection. In this self-appointed task, which also carries, I believe, a great sense of responsibility, the medium of light is all important. It is the portraitist’s chief tool, and he can never learn enough about it. – Yoosef Karsh

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’ and then do it.” – Duane Michals
“I wasn’t imposing my presence on anyone, which is very important for a would be journalist. I stayed back. Always let people be themselves.” – Eliot Erwitt

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