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Bruce Davidson quotes


Bruce Davidson quotes
Most of my pictures are compassionate, gentle and personal. They tend to let the viewer see for himself. They tend not to preach. And they tend not to pose as art.
W. Eugene Smith's photo essays taught me that a photograph could not only communicate emotions, but could also serve the human condition.
I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way.
Taking photographs, taking candid photographs, means that the photographer is an invisible man. Whereas there is still a feeling that in having a photograph taken there is loss of face: something of the soul is gone.
So I have done what I wanted to do, I have seen everything, misery, celebrity, the beautiful people, the wicked ones, generosity and hatred. But I think I have gone beyond my vision....In the heart of my own life, in the heart of other people's lives. Perhaps that is the most important thing I have done.
All my photographs are self-portraits, because you can't photograph someone without reflecting/echoing, like a bat sending out a signal that comes back to you. You get not only a picture of who you're photographing, but you get a picture of yourself at the same time.
She ran up to her room and came down with this huge book of photographs called The Decisive Moment, a collection of images by Cartier-Bresson, and we sat together looking through all of the amazing photographs. I had never seen anything like it. She said to me, "I really love this photographer." So, I said to myself, "If I could take pictures like this guy maybe she will love me too." So, I went out and spent all my monthly allowance on a used Leica. I actually tried to imitate the imagery of Cartier-Bresson. Of course, it didn't work. The young female student ran off with a history professor, and I was left with Cartier-Bresson. That's what started me off. I began to take street photographs.
We took a walk for a few minutes together. The street became his photographs. (on Henri Cartier-Bresson)
I am a photographer in the way you might be a plumber. I like it that way.
I've never been a photographer that loves sunshine. I love gloom.




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