Edward Steichen
[Photographer and curator, b. 1879, Luxembourg, Germany, d. 1973, West Redding, Connecticut.]

 No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. 
 It is an error common to many artists, [who] strive merely to avoid mistakes, when all our efforts should be to create positive and important work. Better positive and important with mistakes and failures than perfect mediocrity. 
 Every other artist begins [with] a blank canvas, a piece of paper... the photographer begins with the finished product. 
 Every photograph is a fake from start to finish. 
 Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things. 
 I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself—mysterious and ever-changing light with its accompanying shadows rich and full of mystery. 
 Dangerously close to snapshots but have collective impact. Maybe show group in show. Buy 3 at $10 each. (1961 note on Garry Winogrand photographs by Steichen, then director of photography at Museum of Modern Art, New York.) 
 I don’t care about making photography an art. I want to make good photographs. I’d like to know who first got it into his head that dreaminess and mist is an art. Take things as they are; take good photographs and the art will take care of itself. (1923) 
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