Eddie Adams quotes

  • If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that's a good picture.
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Photography #Rip #Heart

  • Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths.
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Powerful #Lying #Believe

  • I'm not a great believer in the power of the moving image. A still image has greater lasting power.
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Moving #Lasting #Believer

  • The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera,
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Cameras

  • I saw a man walk into my camera viewfinder from the left. He took a pistol out of his holster and raised it. I had no idea he would shoot. It was common to hold a pistol to the head of prisoners during questioning. So I prepared to make that picture - the threat, the interrogation. But it didn't happen. The man just pulled a pistol out of his holster, raised it to the VC's head and shot him in the temple. I made a picture at the same time. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam's police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.)
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Men #Ideas #Police

  • Fear not a thousand accusing fingers, if you are right.
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Accusing #Fingers #Fear Not

  • All that a Pulitzer really does is give the obit writers something to put between the commas after your name.
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Names #Giving #Doe

  • I was getting money for showing one man killing another. Two lives were destroyed and I was getting paid for it. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam's police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.)
    -- Eddie Adams

    #Men #Two #Police

  • How aware were photographers in the past of other visual arts? "No photographer of any distinction at all could approach his work without some awareness of what was going on in other visual media, and for that matter neither the painter nor the draughtsman could ignore photography."

  • The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates. In schools of photography meaningful art education is often lacking and on the strength of their technical ability alone students, deprived of a richer artistic training, are sent forth inculcated with the belief that they are creative photographers and artists. It is yet a fact that today, as in the past, the most inspiring and provocative works in photography come as much (and probably more) from those who are in the first place artists.

  • Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.

  • To me documentary photography means making a picture so that the viewer doesn’t think about the man who made the picture. At its esthetic core is very old tradition in art: naturalism. And its purpose is to document all facets of social relationships.

  • Producing a photographic document involves preparation in excess. There is first the examination of the idea of the project. Then the visits to the scene, the casual conversations, and more formal interviews - talking, and listening, and looking, looking. ... And finally, the pictures themselves, each one planned, talked, taken and examined in terms of the whole.

  • However, I must stress that my own interest is immediate and in the picture. What I am conscious of and what I feel is the picture I am making, the relation of that picture to others I have made and, more generally, its relation to others I have experienced.

  • No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes.

  • Make connections; let rip; and dance where you can.

  • With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipped maiden And many a lightfoot lad.

  • To truly find God, truth needs to be found independently from the opinions of others. The truth has to be found in our hearts.

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