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Edward Weston Quotes

Edward Weston Quote: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Why limit yourself to what your eyes see when you have an opportunity to extend your vision?”
Edward Weston Quote: “The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?”
Edward Weston Quote: “Clouds, torsos, shells, peppers, trees, rocks, smoke stacks, are but interdependent, interrelated parts of a whole, which is life.”
Edward Weston Quote: “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Dare to be irrational! – keep free from formulas, open to any fresh impulse, fluid.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.”
Edward Weston Quote: “The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.”
Edward Weston Quote: “My true program is summed up in one word: life. I expect to photograph anything suggested by that word which appeals to me.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.”
Edward Weston Quote: “My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea, even switch me to different subject matter. So I start out with my mind as free from image as the silver film on which I am to record, and I hope as sensitive.”
Edward Weston Quote: “A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.”
Edward Weston Quote: “My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn’t photogenic.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer’s ability to understand his fellow man.”
Edward Weston Quote: “This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.”
Edward Weston Quote: “For photography is a way to capture the moment – not just any moment, but the important one, this one moment out of all time when your subject is revealed to the fullest – that moment of perfection which comes once and is not repeated.”
Edward Weston Quote: “When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.”
Edward Weston Quote: “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 Quote: “When money enters in – then, for a price, I become a liar – and a good one I can be whether with pencil or subtle lighting or viewpoint. I hate it all, but so do I support not only my family, but my own work.”
Edward Weston Quote: “As great a picture can be made as one’s mental capacity-no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others.”
Edward Weston Quote: “People who wouldn’t think of taking a sieve to the well to draw water fail to see the folly in taking a camera to make a painting.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Is love like art – something always ahead, never quite attained.”
Edward Weston Quote: “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.”
Edward Weston Quote: “It seems so utterly naive that landscape – not that of the pictorial school – is not considered of “social significance” when it has a far more important bearing on the human race of a given locale than excrescences called cities.”
Edward Weston Quote: “When a photographer masters the tools and processes of the art, then the quality of the work is only limited by his creative vision.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I see no reason for recording the obvious.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I find myself every so often looking at my ground glass as though the unrecorded image might escape me!”
Edward Weston Quote: “My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, or the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.”
Edward Weston Quote: “If I am interested, amazed, stimulated to work, that is sufficient reason to thank the gods, and go ahead!”
Edward Weston Quote: “Photography, not soft gutless painting, is best equipped to bore into the spirit of today.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Since the recording process is instantaneous, and the nature of the image such that it cannot survive corrective handwork, it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed.”
Edward Weston Quote: “To compose a subject well means no more than to see and present it in the strongest manner possible.”
Edward Weston Quote: “A photograph has no value unless it looks exactly like a photograph and nothing else.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I am not limiting myself to theories, so I never question the rightness to my approach.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I don’t care if you make a print on a bath mat, just as long as it is a good print.”
Edward Weston Quote: “The great scientist dares to differ from accepted ‘facts’ – think irrationally – let the artist do likewise.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I always work better when I do not reason, when no question of right or wrong enter in,-when my pulse quickens to the form before me without hesitation nor calculation.”
Edward Weston Quote: “An excellent conception can be quite obscured by faulty technical execution or clarified by faultless technique.”
Edward Weston Quote: “The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer’s understanding of his subject and mastery of his process.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Modern Art is being used to index me. Surely it was a source but photographers have influenced Modern Art quite as deeply as they have been influenced, maybe more. Anyway painters don’t have a copyright on M. A. We were all born in the same upheaval.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Art is based on order. The world is full of ‘sloppy Bohemians’ and their work betrays them.”
Edward Weston Quote: “It’s hard not to tell the truth with a camera. Artists are particularly good at that.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Restricting too personal, and therefore prejudiced, interpretation leads to revolution – the fusion of an inner and outer reality derived from the wholeness of life – sublimating things seen into things known.”
Edward Weston Quote: “I was extravagant in the matter of cameras – anything photographic – I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest – or without.”
Edward Weston Quote: “Results alone should be appraised; the way in which these are achieved is of importance only to the maker.”
Edward Weston Quote: “No photographer is better than the simplest of cameras.”
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