Beaumont Newhall
[Photographer, writer, and historian, b. 1908, Lynn, Massachusetts, d. 1993, Santa Fe, New Mexico.]

 We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually. 
 The present challenge to the photographer is to express inner significance through outward form. 
 The fundamental belief in the authenticity of photographs explains why photographs of people no longer living and of vanished architecture are so melancholy. 
 It is peculiar to photography that, by the extreme ease of its production, many accidentally interesting photographs are produced. 
 Attempts to mix photography and painting fail... On this point the masters are unanimous: the photographic image must not be tampered with. (1958) 
 It has been important to me, as an historian of photography, to understand photography by photographing. 
 Documentary is, therefore, an approach, which makes use of the artistic faculties to give “vivification to fact”—to use Walt Whitman’s definition of the place of poetry in the modern world. 
 For me it is a constant source of wonder that the world becomes transformed through the finder of my camera. 
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