No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.
A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made.
Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.
When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.
I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.