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Imogen Cunningham quotes


Imogen Cunningham quotes
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow.
Ansel (Adams) once said to somebody that I ( =Cunningham) was versatile, but what he really meant was that I jump around. I'm never satisfied staying in one spot very long, I couldn't stay with the mountains and I couldn't stay with the trees and I couldn't stay with the rivers. But I can always stay with people, because they really are different.
Once a woman who does street work said to me, "I've never photographed anyone I haven't asked first." I said to her, "Suppose Cartier-Bresson asked the man who jumped the puddle to do it again --- it never would have been the same. Start stealing!"
A woman said to me when she first sat down, You're photographing the wrong side of my face. I said, Oh, is there one?
I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.
Anybody is influenced by where and how he lives.
I was brought up on art. My father thought I had a great hand at art and sent me to art school. But he did not want me to become a photographer.
I became kind of a drop-out in science after I came back to America. I wanted to photograph.
I photograph anything that can be exposed to light. The reason during the twenties that I photographed plants was that I had three children under the age of four to take care of so I was cooped up. I had a garden available and I photographed them indoors. Later when I was free I did other things.
I don't know what love means.
I think San Francisco is the best place in the whole world for an easy life.
I was poor. When you're poor you work, and when you're rich you expect somebody to hand it to you. So I think being reasonably poor is very good for people.
There are too many people studying it (photography) now who are never going to make it. You can't give them a formula for making it. You have to have it in you first, you don't learn it. The seeing eye is the important thing.
I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.


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