1o Famous Quotes about Photography That Are Absolute Bollocks

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1. “Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” — Robert Frank

Truth: Photographers used black and white because 1) it was much cheaper than color; 2) color chemicals would eventually cause permanent physical damage; and 3) It’s easier to make things looks dark and bleak in monochrome. Note that Robert Frank specialized in bifurcating human emotion. In fact, perhaps the main reason for b&w’s being the art medium is the fact that color was immediately adopted as the landscape of commercial photography. It was easier to keep shooting in b&w than to actually become superior shooting in color. Hashtag: Whatever. Hashtag: ThisShotIsUnderexposedToo

Life can be sufficiently bleak without your help, thank you. Life can be sufficiently bleak without your help, thank you.

2. “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”…

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5 thoughts on “1o Famous Quotes about Photography That Are Absolute Bollocks

  1. In your face Kim! You are brilliant. This made me laugh out loud and nod my head furiously in agreement throughout. Somebody needs to slap all those photographers who talk out of their momentously decisive arses. My own quote to add to the list: “If you can’t decide for yourself what photography is about without deferring to other photographers for reassurance that you’re any good, then you ain’t good. You won’t ever be the best you can be if you don’t own it.”
    So there.

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    1. And in reading more of HCB’s drivel, when he talked of the “deciding moment” he wasn’t talking about what people think. He was only nodding in agreement with others that you should trust your instincts and shoot at “the deciding moment” when you see phi.

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