Berenice Abbott
[Photographer, writer, teacher, b. 1898, Springfield, Ohio, d. 1991, Monson, Maine.]

 I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph. 
 The world today has been conditioned, overwhelmingly, to visualize. The picture has almost replaced the word as a means of communication. 
 Living photography builds up, does not tear down. It proclaims the dignity of man. Living photography is positive in its approach; it sings a song of life. 
 Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. 
 There needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe photography can be this spokesman. 
 The more you do, the more you realize there is to do, what a vast object the metropolis is, and how the work of photographing could go on forever. 
 Unless they do their share of growing up to their responsibilities the photographer can languish or take up knitting. 
 What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera... notes with relentless fidelity. 
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