Black And White Photography Quotes by Imogen Cunningham, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Doisneau, Maureen O’Hara, Ansel Adams, Manuel Alvarez Bravo and many others.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time.
In the beginning it was all black and white.
…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.
I just get the will to do it. I don’t plan a photograph in advance… I work by impulse. No philosophy. No ideas. Not by the head but by the eyes. Eventually inspiration comes-instinct is the same as inspiration, and eventually it comes.
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white… to highlight that contrast.
I am inspired by great food, theater, books, the beach, black-and-white photography, and great vocalists, like Dianne Reeves, Alice Smith, and Shirley Horn. I am inspired by my mentor Diana Castle, who is guiding me towards a truth and honesty in my life and work that I have always longed for.
Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn’t interest me.
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
To some extent, the cult surrounding black-and-white photography is based on nostalgia.
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.