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

 Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. 
 Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. 
 To chart a course, one must have a direction. In reality, the eye is no better than the philosophy behind it. The photographer creates, evolves a better, more selective, more acute eye by looking ever more sharply at what is going on in the world. Like every other means of expression, photography, if it is to be utterly honest and direct, should be related to the life of the times—the pulse of today. The photograph may be presented as finely and artistically as you will, but to merit serious consideration, must be directly connected with the world we live in. 
 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. 
 The world today has been conditioned, overwhelmingly, to visualize. The picture has almost replaced the word as a means of communication. 
 Unless they do their share of growing up to their responsibilities the photographer can languish or take up knitting. 
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