Bill Brandt quotes

  • Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried!
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Sports #Photography

  • I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Sports #Photography #Conventions

  • Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Sports #Photography #Matter

  • A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Giving #Atmosphere #Elements

  • Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Dare #Mediums

  • And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Dark #Light

  • It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Country #Jobs

  • No amount of toying with shades of print or with printing papers will transform a commonplace photograph into anything other than a commonplace photograph.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Paper #Shade

  • Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Admitting #Fields #Photographer

  • I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Essentials #Finals

  • Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Waiting #Luck

  • The good photographer will produce a competent picture every time whatever his subject. But only when his subject makes and immediate and direct appeal to his own interests will he produce a work of distinction.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photographer #Produce #Distinction

  • Photographers should follow their own judgment, and not the fads and dictates of others.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Fads #Photographer #Judgment

  • But I did not always know just what it was I wanted to photograph. I believe it is important for a photographer to discover this, for unless he finds what it is that excites him, what it is that calls forth at once an emotional response, he is unlikely to achieve his best work.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Believe #Emotional

  • I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the center of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Simple #Attention

  • By temperament I am not unduly excitable and certainly not trigger-happy. I think twice before I shoot and very often do not shoot at all. By professional standards I do not waste a lot of film; but by the standards of many of my colleagues I probably miss quite a few of my opportunities. Still, the things I am after are not in a hurry as a rule.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Opportunity #Thinking

  • It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right. It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual's temperament and environment.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Environment #Individual #Intensity

  • If there is any method in the way I take pictures, I believe it lies in this: See the subject first. Do not try to force it to be a picture of this, that or the other thing. Stand apart from it. Then something will happen. The subject will reveal itself.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Lying #Believe

  • It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of a child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country We are most of us too busy, too worried, too intent on proving ourselves right, too obsessed with ideas to stand and stare Very rarely are we able to free our minds of thoughts and emotions and just see for the simple pleasure of seeing. And so long as we fail to do this, so long will the essence of things be hidden from us.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Country #Jobs #Children

  • Andre Breton once said that a portrait should not only be an image but an oracle one questions, and that the photographer's aim should be a profound likeness, which physically and morally predicts the subject's entire future.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Profound #Portraits #Oracles

  • It is essential for the photographer to know the effect of his lenses. The lens is his eye, and it makes or ruins his pictures. A feeling for composition is a great asset. I think it is very much a matter of instinct. It can perhaps be developed, but I doubt if it can be learned. To achieve his best work, the young photographer must discover what really excites him visually. He must discover his own world.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Photography #Eye #Thinking

  • When I began to photograph nudes, I let myself be guided by this camera, and instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing. I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed.
    -- Bill Brandt

    #Beauty #Eye #Cameras

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