The following quotes on photography represent some of the most inspiring thoughts that have and continue to shape my artistic vision, style and photographic philosophy.
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
“If it's a likeness, alone, it's not a success. If, through my portraits, you can come to know the subjects more meaningfully, if it synthesizes your feelings toward someone whose work has imprinted itself on your mind--if you see a photograph and say, ‘Yes, this is the person’, with a little new insight -- that is a beautiful experience.”
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”