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

 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. 
 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. 
 When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial clichés. 
 Photography, not soft gutless painting, is best equipped to bore into the spirit of today. 
 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. 
 To compose a subject well means no more than to see and present it in the strongest manner possible. 
 Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. 
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