Brassai quotes

  • The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness than they would otherwise attain on their own.
    -- Brassai

    #Art #People #Purpose

  • Only powerfully conceived images have the ability to penetrate the memory, to stay there, in short to become unforgettable.
    -- Brassai

    #Photography #Memories #Unforgettable

  • To keep from going stale you must forget your professional outlook and rediscover the virginal eye of the amateur.
    -- Brassai

    #Eye #Forget You #Outlook

  • I think education and intelligence (are) important, but not art. Not artistic education...
    -- Brassai

    #Art #Thinking #Important

  • If you take your inspiration from nature, you don't invent anything, because what you want to do is to interpret something. But still, everything passes throught your imagination. What you produce at the end is very different from the reality you started with.
    -- Brassai

    #Inspiration #Reality #Imagination

  • The wall, safe haven for what is forbidden, gives a voice to all those who would, without it, be condemned to silence
    -- Brassai

    #Wall #Safe Haven #Voice

  • To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.
    -- Brassai

    #Photography

  • A poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time.
    -- Brassai

    #Photography #Chance #Photographer

  • Photography in our time leaves us with a grave responsibility. While we are playing in our studios with broken flowerpots, oranges, nude studies and still lifes, one day we know that we will be brought to account: life is passing before our eyes without our ever having seen a thing.
    -- Brassai

    #Photography #Eye #Responsibility

  • André Kertész has two qualities that are essential for a great photographer: an insatiable curiosity about the world, about people, and about life, and a precise sense of form.
    -- Brassai

    #Two #People #Curiosity

  • There are many photographs which are full of life but which are confusing and difficult to remember. It is the force of an image which matters.
    -- Brassai

    #Confusing #Matter #Remember

  • The precise instant of creation is when you choose the subject. (meaning that the essential thing occurs at the moment when he, the photographer, meets the reality he wishes to capture.
    -- Brassai

    #Reality #Wish #Essentials

  • After twenty years you can begin to be sure of what camera will do.
    -- Brassai

    #Years #Cameras #Twenties

  • I don't invent anything. I imagine everything... most of the time, I have drawn my images from the daily life around me. I think that it is by capturing reality in the humblest, most sincere, most everyday way I can, that I can penetrate to the extraordinary.
    -- Brassai

    #Reality #Thinking #Everyday

  • My images were surreal simply in the sense that my vision brought out the fantastic dimension of reality. My only aim was to express reality, for there is nothing more surreal than reality itself. If reality fails to fill us with wonder, it is because we have fallen into the habit of seeing it as ordinary.
    -- Brassai

    #Reality #Vision #Ordinary

  • In the absence of a subject with which you are passionately involved, and without the excitement that drives you to grasp it and exhaust it, you may take some beautiful pictures, but not a photographic oeuvre.
    -- Brassai

    #Beautiful #Photography #May

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