Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 To see the Thing itself is essential: the quintessence revealed direct without the fog of impressionism... This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock. Significant presentation—not interpretation. 
 A photograph has no value unless it looks exactly like a photograph and nothing else. 
 My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject. 
 For photography is a way to capture the moment—not just any moment, but the important one, this one moment out of all time when your subject is revealed to the fullest—that moment of perfection which comes once and is not repeated. 
 Photography, not soft gutless painting, is best equipped to bore into the spirit of today. 
 To compose a subject well means no more than to see and present it in the strongest manner possible. 
 My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea. 
 The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process. 
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