Wim Wenders on Art

“… You have to find what you can do better than anyone else and what you have in yourself that no-one else has.”

~ Wim Wenders / Louisiana Channel

Elliott Erwitt on Seeing

“Good photography is not about Zone Printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It’s just about seeing. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.”

~ Elliott Erwitt / Courtesy of Mark Hobson

Robert Frank on Belief

“You follow your way. I found this to be very important, that you stick to something that you believe in and not make compromises. Whatever you believe in, if you believe in it, it will be okay. You can do it. It doesn’t mean that you will be successful at it, but at least you believed in it to do it,”

~ Robert Frank

John Blakemore on Photography

“…I realised that for the past forty years approximately ninety percent of my photographs have been made in my domestic space, my house or my garden.”

~ John Blakemore / March 29th, 2020


Tony Fouhse on Leaving a Trace

…Like my photo projects it’s a way to keep track and to reckon, to try to understand myself and the world, and to leave a trace of my passage through.

~ Tony Fouhse / Drool

Tony Fouhse on the System

Of course, if the approval of the power brokers that represent the status quo is what you need, if your validation will only come from having your work placed on the white walls of the white cubes, I’m afraid you’re pretty much stuck with playing their game, using their rules.

~ Tony Fouhse / Drool


Robert Frank on Failure

“There’s something good about being a failure — it keeps you going.”

~ Robert Frank.

Robert Adams on Photography

Where would you say your style falls on a continuum between completely intuitive and intellectually formulated?

Style again. Let’s be clear: the effort that’s worth making is to try to create helpful, lasting photographs, what Dorothea Lange called “second lookers”. We’re not talking about how to plot career moves in pursuit of name recognition, gallery representation or money. Though having said that, photographers have to eat, and I’m sympathetic with those who face difficulties. This is America, after all — a savage place

~ Robert Adams / Financial Times, October 04, 2019

Andre Kertesz on Amateurism

“I am an amateur and I intend to stay that way for the rest of my life.”

~ Andre Kertesz

Robert Frank on Photographs

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

~ Robert Frank

Andrei Tarkovsky on Work

“The great thing is to be free in your work. Of course it’s important to print or exhibit, but if that’s not possible you are still left with the most important thing of all—being able to work without asking anybody’s permission.”

~ Andrei Tarkovsky