Black And White Photography Quotes

Black And White Photography Quotes by William Klein, Robert Frank, Margaret Bourke-White, Ansel Adams, Vilmos Zsigmond, August Sander and many others.

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.
William Klein
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
Robert Frank
Life wanted faces that would express what we wanted to tell. Not just the unusual or striking face, but the face that would speak out the message from the printed page. I am always looking for some typical person or face that will tie the picture essay together in a human way.
Margaret Bourke-White
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
Ansel Adams
In fact, I probably learned more about photography from studying black-and-white photography in those magazines [Look Magazine and LIFE Magazine] than I did from watching movies here. That’s the truth.
Vilmos Zsigmond
Black and white photography is truly quite a ‘departure from reality’, and the transition from one aspect of visual magic to another was not as complete as many imagine.
Ansel Adams
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
August Sander
Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
Louis Aragon
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
Richard Avedon
My philosophy, like color television, is all there in black and white.
Graham Chapman
In the beginning it was all black and white.
Maureen O’Hara
I just get the will to do it.В  I don’t plan a photograph in advance…  I work by impulse.В  No philosophy.В  No ideas.В  Not by the head but by the eyes.В  Eventually inspiration comes-instinct is the same as inspiration, and eventually it comes.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo
…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.
Ansel Adams
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
W. Eugene Smith
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn’t interest me.
William Eggleston
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
Robert Frank