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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes by photographer Andre Kertesz.

“I am an amateur and I intend to stay that way for the rest of my life.” – Andre Kertesz

“I do what I feel, that’s all, I am an ordinary photographer working for his own pleasure. That’s all I’ve ever done.” – Andre Kertesz

“Photography is my only language.” – Andre Kertesz

“The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me.” – Andre Kertesz

“Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d’être. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d’être, which lives on in itself.” – Andre Kertesz

“I am a lucky man. I can do something with almost anything I see. Everything is still interesting to me.” – Andre Kertesz

“I can’t talk about my style. It us kind of difficult for me. I don’t like styles. I only like taking photos and expressing myself through them.” – Andre Kertesz

“If you want to write you should learn the alphabet. You write and write and in the end you hava a beautiful, perfect alphabet. But it isn’t the alphabed that is important. The important thing is what you are writing, what you are expressing. The same thing goes for photography. Photographs can be technically perfect and even beautiful, but they have no expression.” – Andre Kertesz

“Technique isn’t important. Technique is in the blood. Events and mood are more important than good light and the happening is what is important.”- Andre Kertesz

“The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me, Everybody can look, but they don’t necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it’s right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting.”- Andre Kertesz

“I am an amateur and intend to remain one my whole life long. I attribute to photography the task of recording the real nature of things, their interior, their life. The photographer’s art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time. A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it’s marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my career. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record it truthfully. Look at the reporters and at the amateur photographer! They both have only one goal; to record a memory or a document. And that is pure photography. – Andre Kertesz

“The most valuable things in a life are a man’s memories. And they are priceless.” – Andre Kertesz

“I do not document anything, I give an interpretation.” – Andre Kertesz

“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.” – Andre Kertesz

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This documentary offers a rare opportunity to hear from the master himself Andre Kertesz.

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Here’s a collection of quotes by the inimitable photographer Weegee.

“My name is Weegee. I’m the world’s greatest photographer…” – Weegee

“I am a perfectionist. When I take a picture…it’s gotta be good.” – Weegee

“Weegee often said that he was, ‘A natural-born photographer, with hypo in my blood.” – Weegee

“Sure. I’d like to live regular. Go home to a good looking wife, a hot dinner, and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It’s exciting. It’s dangerous. It’s funny. It’s tough. It’s heartbreaking.” – Weegee

“It’s been a strange [summer]…. I was sent by a magazine to photograph famous photographers…. Of course, I included myself.” – Weegee

“A good assignment to me is a good picture and a date. When I leave town I put a tablet in front of the girl’s house (as with George Washington): Weegee slept here.” – Weegee

“I’m no part time dilettante photographer, unlike the bartenders, shoe salesmen, floorwalkers plumbers, barbers, grocery clerks and chiropractors whose great hobby is their camera. All their friends rave about what wonderful pictures they take. If they’re so good, why don’t they take pictures full—time, for a living, and make floor walking, chiropractics, etc., their hobby? But everyone wants to play it safe. They’re afraid to give up their pay checks and their security they might miss a meal.” – Weegee

“If I had a picture of two handcuffed criminals being booked, I would cut the picture in half and get five bucks for each.” – Weegee

“To me a photograph is a page from life, and that being the case, it must be real.” – Weegee

“Many photographers live in a dream world of beautiful backgrounds. It wouldn’t hurt them to get a taste of reality to wake them up.” – Weegee

“Anyone who looks for life can find it… and they don’t need to photograph ashcans. The average camera fan reminds me of Pollyanna, with a lollypop in one hand and a camera in the other. You can’t be a Nice Nelly and take news pictures.” – Weegee

“There are photographic fanatics, just as there are religious fanatics. They buy a so-called candid camera… there is no such thing: it’s the photographer who has to be candid, not the camera.” – Weegee

“I had so many unsold murder pictures lying around my room…I felt as if I were renting out a wing of the City Morgue.” – Weegee

“I have no chips on my shoulder. I like to be constructive. As I have said, I have inspired many persons to take up photography. As a matter of fact, I inspire myself. (When I take a good picture I give myself a bonus.).” – Weegee

“So, keep your eyes open. If you see anything, take it. Remember – you’re as good as your last picture. One day you’re hero, the next day you’re a bum…” – Weegee

“News photography teaches you to think fast.” – Weegee

“To me, pictures are like blintzes – ya gotta get ‘em while they’re hot.” – Weegee

“When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track.” – Weegee

“People are so wonderful that a photographer has only to wait for that breathless moment to capture what he wants on film.” – Weegee

“What I did, anybody can do.” – Weegee

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Insights from one of the greatest minds in photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 — August 3, 2004) A French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism, he was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined The Decisive Moment that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson offers marvelous observations on the art of photography.

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Here’s a selection of  my favorite quotes by photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“This recognition, in real life, of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant of preoccupation, being a simultaneous coalition – an organic coordination of visual elements.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?” ­- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A photographer must always work with the greatest respect for his subject and in terms of his own point of view.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“As time passes by and you look at portraits, the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit. Photography has something to do with death. It’s a trace.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The intensive use of photographs by mass media lays ever fresh responsibilities upon the photographer. We have to acknowledge the existence of a chasm between the economic needs of our consumer society and the requirements of those who bear witness to this epoch. This affects us all, particularly the younger generations of photographers. We must take greater care than ever not to allow ourselves to be separated from the real world and from humanity.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Join Gregory Heisler as he lovingly details the lore behind selected images from his professional career and the newly-published book, “Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer.

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It’s insightful to learn about the photographers who make the classic photographs.

Here’s a list of links to the videos on photographers that I’ve enjoyed most.

You’ll find them inspiring!

Sam Abell | View 

Ansel Adams | View 1 | View 2 | View 3

Robert Adams | View

Diane Arbus| View

Richard Avedon | View

James Balog | View 1 | View 2 | View 3

Yann Arthus-Bertrand | View

Phil Borges | View

Cartier-Bresson | View

Edward Burtinsky | View

John Paul Caponigro | View

Paul Caponigro  | View

Henri Cartier-Bresson – View 1 | View 2

Chuck Close| View

Gregory Crewdson| View

Bruce Davidson | View

William Eggleston | View 1 | View 2

Alfred Eisendstaedt | View

Ralph Gibson | View

Laura Gilpin | View

Nan Goldin | View

Emmet Gowin | View

Gregory Heisler | View

David Hockney | View 1 | View 2

Bill Jay | View

Chris Jordan | View

Michael Kenna | View

Sean Kernan | View

David LaChapelle | View

Frans Lanting | View

Annie Leibovitz | View

Jay Maisel | View 1 | View 2

Sally Mann | View 1 | View 2

Duane Michals | View 1  | View 2

Mary Ellen Mark | View

Steve McCurry | View

Joe McNally | View

Duane Micheals | View 1 | View 2

Tina Modotti | View

Sarah Moon | View

James Nachtwey | View

Helmut Newton | View

Gordon Parks| View

Martin Parr | View

Eliot Porter | View

Eugene Richards | View

Sebastiao Salgado | View 1 | View 2

John Sexton | View 1 | View 2

Stephen Shore | View

Rick Smolan | View

Edward Steichen | View

Alfred Stieglitz | View

Paul Strand | View

Hiroshi Sugimoto | View

Pete Turner | View

Jerry Uelsmann | View

Nick Veasey | View

Jeff Wall | View

Edward Weston | View

Kim Weston | View

Garry Winogrand | View

Dan Winters | View

Huntington Witherill | View 1 | View 2

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes by photographer Robert Frank.

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” ― Robert Frank

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
― Robert Frank

“A message picture is something that’s simply too clear.” – Robert Frank

“To produce an authentic contemporary document, the visual impact should be such as will nullify explanation.” – Robert Frank

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” – Robert Frank

“I am always looking outside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there. And what’s out there is constantly changing.”
― Robert Frank

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” – Robert Frank

“I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love.” – Robert Frank

“I always say that I don’t want to be sentimental, that the photographs shouldn’t be sentimental, and yet, I am conscious of my sentimentality.” – Robert Frank

“It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.” – Robert Frank

“My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.” – Robert Frank

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference” ― Robert Frank

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Learn about the life and influence of photographer Robert Frank in this video.

Find out about his seminal work The Americans in this video.

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