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

 [Composition is] as closely tied up with the body of the picture as veins and muscles are articulated with the human body. 
 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. 
 Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. 
 Unless they do their share of growing up to their responsibilities the photographer can languish or take up knitting. 
 There is an essential unity between photography, science’s child, and science, the parent. 
 The world today has been conditioned, overwhelmingly, to visualize. The picture has almost replaced the word as a means of communication. 
 There needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe photography can be this spokesman. 
 The photographer’s punctillo is his recognition of the now—to see it so clearly that he looks through it to the past and senses the future. This is a big order and demands wisdom as well as understanding of one’s time. 
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