14 Total Quotes

Berenice Abbott Quotes

Berenice Abbott
Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term - selectivity.
Berenice Abbott
#Painting

Berenice Abbott
What I mean by objectivity is not the objectivity of a machine, but of a sensible human being with the mystery of personal selection at the heart of it. The second challenge has been to impose order onto the things seen and to supply the visual context and the intellectual framework - that to me is the art of photography.
Berenice Abbott
#Human

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Photography helps people to see.
Berenice Abbott
#People #American Photographer

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Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
Berenice Abbott
#Past #American Photographer

Berenice Abbott
There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.
Berenice Abbott
#American Photographer #Teachers And Teaching

Berenice Abbott
Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.
Berenice Abbott
#American Photographer #Photography

Berenice Abbott
Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.
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#American Photographer

Berenice Abbott
The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.
Berenice Abbott
#American Photographer

Berenice Abbott
I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it.
Berenice Abbott
#American Photographer

Berenice Abbott
The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.
Berenice Abbott
#American Photographer