Always, when the words art and artistic are applied to my photographic work, I am disagreeably affected. This is due, surely, to the bad use and abuse made of those terms. I consider myself a photographer, nothing more. If my photographs differ from that which is usually done in this field, it is pr
I know that the materials found on the streets is rich and wonderful, but my experience is that the way I am accustomed to work, slowly planning my composition etc. is not suited for such work. By the time I have the composition or expression right, the picture is gone. I guess I want to do the impo
Photography, precisely because it can only be produced in the present and because it is based on what exists objectively before the camera, takes its place as the most satisfactory medium for registering objective life in all its aspects, and from this comes its documental value. If to this is added
I cannot solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art.
... I just feel impotent - I don't know which way to start or turn. You know what they say about a prophet in one's own country - well - in a way it works for me too: you see - this might be called my home town - well of all the old friends and acquaintances not one takes me seriously as a photograp
To know whether photography is or is not an art matters little. What is important is to distinguish between good and bad photography. By good is meant that photography which accepts all the limitations inherent in photographic technique and takes advantage of the possibilities and characteristics th
I don't believe in marriage. I think at worst it's a hostile political act, a way for small-minded men to keep women in the house and out of the way, wrapped up in the guise of tradition and conservative religious nonsense. At best, it's a happy delusion - these two people who truly love each other
I cannot, as you [Edward Weston] once proposed to me - solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art ... in my case, life is always struggling to predominate and art naturally suffers.
The majority of photographers still seek artistic effects, imitating other mediums of graphic expression. The result is a hybrid product that does not succeed in giving their work the most valuable characteristic it should have, - photographic quality.
A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures.
The confidence with which a Sovereign is invested, is solid only when it is sanctioned by the suffrages of the people, who clothed him with the supreme magistracy.
A victorious general must know how to employ severity, justness, and mildness by turns, if he would allay sedition or prevent it.
There is no Nation however small which had the right to set itself free, that has not rescued itself from the dishonour of obeying the Prince imposed by an enemy in the hour of victory.
Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. Napoleon Bonapart
Wisdom and policy dictate that we must do as destiny demands and keep peace with the irresistible march of events.
The bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory
All religions have been made by men.
Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
Suicide is a crime the most revolting to the feelings; nor does any reason suggest itself to our understanding by which it can be justified. It certainly originates in that species of fear which we denominate poltroonery. For what claim can that man have to courage who trembles at the frowns of fort
The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.
Which is heavier: a soldier's pack or a slave's chains?
We walk faster when we walk alone.
Clever policy consists in making nations believe they are free.
Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance or stupidity.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. Napoleon Bonapart
The worse the man the better the soldier. If soldiers be not corrupt they ought to be made so.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
Variety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.