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Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren't. I don't know if its the way you say it, or how you look.
Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.
The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.
W. Eugene Smith
I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.
The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand.
I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough.
I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.
In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.
The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin's bullet. Or it can be the lotion of the heart.
She claimed she loved the camera, its warmth, its familiarity. She responded to its naked glare, its slavish attention to every expression of her face and body, with the kind of immediacy a trusted lover could expect.
A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.
I was born in front of a camera and really don't know anything else.
Police in Washington D.C. are now using cameras to catch drivers who go through red lights. Many congressmen this week opposed the use of the red light cameras incorrectly assuming they were being used for surveillance at local brothels.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.
As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.
No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.
The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me.
I was extravagant in the matter of cameras - anything photographic - I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest - or without.
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
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