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Dorothea Lange Quote: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

— Dorothea Lange



Dorothea Lange Quote: “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else’s requirement but your own.”

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else’s requirement but your own.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.”

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Life, for people, begins to crumble on the edges; they don’t realize it.”

Life, for people, begins to crumble on the edges; they don’t realize it.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “You know there are moments such as these when time stands still and all you do is hold your breath and hope it will wait for you.”

You know there are moments such as these when time stands still and all you do is hold your breath and hope it will wait for you.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.”

It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.

— Dorothea Lange



Dorothea Lange Quote: “It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.”

It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “I believe in living with the camera, and not using the camera.”

I believe in living with the camera, and not using the camera.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.”

That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.”

The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Bring the viewer to your side, include him in your thought. He is not a bystander. You have the power to increase his perceptions and conceptions.”

Bring the viewer to your side, include him in your thought. He is not a bystander. You have the power to increase his perceptions and conceptions.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.”

I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Photography is a lot like telling a large predatory cat what to do-while an audience of people you can’t see watches you.”

Photography is a lot like telling a large predatory cat what to do-while an audience of people you can’t see watches you.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.”

Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it.”

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it.

— Dorothea Lange



Dorothea Lange Quote: “Artists are controlled by the life that beats in them, like the ocean beats on the shore.”

Artists are controlled by the life that beats in them, like the ocean beats on the shore.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.”

Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.”

I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.”

A documentary photograph is not a factual photograph.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Ours is a time of the machine, and ours is a need to know that the machine can be put to creative human effort. If not, the machine can destroy us.”

Ours is a time of the machine, and ours is a need to know that the machine can be put to creative human effort. If not, the machine can destroy us.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “I many times encountered courage, real courage. Undeniable courage. I’ve heard it said that that was the highest quality of the human animal. I encountered that many times, in unexpected places. And I have learned to recognize it when I see it.”

I many times encountered courage, real courage. Undeniable courage. I’ve heard it said that that was the highest quality of the human animal. I encountered that many times, in unexpected places. And I have learned to recognize it when I see it.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don’t know is how to photograph affluence – whose other face is poverty.”

We know by now how to photograph poor people. What we don’t know is how to photograph affluence – whose other face is poverty.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “I’ve never not been sure that I was a photographer any more than you would not be sure you were yourself. I was a photographer, or wanting to be a photographer, or beginning – but some phase of photographer I’ve always been.”

I’ve never not been sure that I was a photographer any more than you would not be sure you were yourself. I was a photographer, or wanting to be a photographer, or beginning – but some phase of photographer I’ve always been.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “Being disabled gave me an immense advantage. People are kinder to you. It puts you on a different level than if you go into a situation whole and secure.”

Being disabled gave me an immense advantage. People are kinder to you. It puts you on a different level than if you go into a situation whole and secure.

— Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange Quote: “No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually.”

No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually.

— Dorothea Lange



Dorothea Lange Quote: “I had to get my camera to register things that were more important than how poor they were – their pride, their strength, their spirit.”

I had to get my camera to register things that were more important than how poor they were – their pride, their strength, their spirit.

— Dorothea Lange

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