Favorite Quotes
Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award and is a two-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History.

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Give me inspiration over information.
Henri Cartier Bresson

Stop taking pictures. Be taken by your pictures.
Ernst Haas

From a grain of sand in the Pearl comes.
Confucius

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? Dr. Laurence J Peter

The definition of a Circle of Confusion: a bunch of photographers sitting around the table trying to explain Depth of Field.
Michael Reichmann

Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it was wrong. No matter how fast light travels, he finds the darkness has always got there 1st, and is waiting for it.
Sir Terry Pratchett

If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, is that, in the long run—and often in the short one—the most daring prophecies seem laughingly conservative.
Anonymous

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C Clarke

The negative is everything. The print is all.
Ansel Adams

When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, the real purpose of striving to perfection becomes clear: To make people happy.
Thomas Keller: The French Laundry Cook book

Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.
James Dean

Every act of creation has to start first with an act of destruction.
Pablo Picasso

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more in what we see with our eyes, there is another in which he proved to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
Dorothea Lange

I do not object to retouching, dodging. or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique.
Alfred Stieglitz

I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.
Irving Penn

What's the best type of light? Why that would be available light… and by available light I mean any damn light is available.
W. Eugene Smith

A still photograph is called a still photograph because the picture does not move.
Vincent Versace

I like to quote myself frequently and often, it makes me sound much more intelligent than I actually am.
George Bernard Shaw

Gone is the day that the movie moguls plot actors the importance of opposing all day for a photograph.
George Hurrell

Precision does not mean accuracy. Accuracy is how well precision reflects reality.
Lane H. Decker

If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.
General George Eric Shinseki

An interesting plainness is the most difficult thing to achieve.
Ludwig Meis van der Rohe

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs
Ansel Adams

In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.
Emile Zola

A picture is a poem without words.
Horace

I am always doing things I can't do; that's how I get to do them.
Pablo Picasso

Light gesture and color of the key compliments of any photograph. Light and color are obvious, but it is just her that is the most important. There is gesture in everything. It's up to you to find a gesture that is most telling.
Jay Maisel

If you analyze the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious. Form follows function.
F.A. Porsche

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
Sally Kempton

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint" then by all means paint and that voice will be silent.
Vincent Van Gogh

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

I never photograph reality.
Sarah Moon

Disregard for details is the first sign of doom.
Kai Kraus

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.
Diane Arbus

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.
Edward Weston

There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams

Hardening of the categories causes art disease.
W Eugene Smith

The heart has reasons reason itself knows nothing about.
Pascal

If you want to take more interesting pictures stand in front of more interesting stuff.
Joe McNally

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.
Edward Weston

Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of 'how to do'. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy