A Few Quotes

The following come from the very early issues of Lenswork, an excellent magazine about which I’ll be writing more soon.

A picture lives from the life you put into it. If you put no life into it — no thrill, no concentration of delight or exaltation of visual discovery — then the picture is dead, no matter how much thorough and scientific work is put into it.

D.H. Lawrence

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 preocupation, being a simultaneous coalition — an organic coordination of visual elements.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I’ve always considered Strand the Bach of Photography. (Ansel was Beethoven and Cartier-Bresson is Mozart, right?)

Fred Picker