Sometimes a photographer is a passenger, sometimes a person who stays in one place. What he watches changes constantly, but his watching never changes. He doesn’t examine like a doctor, defend like a lawyer, analyze like a scholar, support like a priest, make people laugh like a comedian, or intoxicate like a singer. He only watches. This is enough. No, this is all I can do. All a photographer can do is watch. Therefore, a photographer has to watch all the time. He must face the object and make his entire body an eye. A photographer is someone who wagers everything on seeing.
It’s important when photographing to see different things simultaneously. Because there is so little time in the photographic moment, it must be expanded by consciousness to let in as much as can be contained.
Joel Meyerowitz | Kiss Me Stupid | New York Avenue, 1965
A photographer needs to be a good editor of negatives and prints! In fact, most of the prints I make are for my eyes only, and they are no good. I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can—that’s where most of my prints end up.
In a world where the 2 billionth photograph has been uploaded to Flickr, which looks like an Eggleston picture! How do you deal with making photographs with the tens of thousands of photographs being uploaded to Facebook every second, how do you manage that? How do you contribute to that? What’s the point?
The question if this is a work of art or not is not very interesting for us. Probably it is situated in between the established categories. Anyway the audience which is interested in art would be the most open-minded and willing to think about it.
Guardo con estrema attenzione, ma anche con la trascuratezza dell’insistenza. Guardo di lato, poi mi concentro sulla fotografia. Quando sono entrato nella fotografia, sono in quel luogo che non è né conosciuto né sconosciuto. Ed io sono un estraneo. Non sono più io, ma sono dentro la fotografia. [Guido Guidi | Gibellina]
Preferisco definirmi, se me lo chiedono, come una persona che desidera comunicare in senso creativo pensieri, immagini, opere e comportamenti alle altre persone senza le quali non potremmo vivere e rendere visibile il nostro immaginario. Non so se questa è arte ma è certamente voglia di vivere [Mario Cresci | Stigliano - Potenza, 1983]