[Photographer, b. 1902, San Francisco, d. 1984, Carmel, California.]
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
What you’ve got are not photographers. They’re a bunch of sociologists with cameras. (To Roy Stryker, head of the photographers of the Farm Security Administration)
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning.
You bring to photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.