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    Photography quotations

    Hello chums,

    I love the time I spend on this site; one of the quirkily enjoyable things is the little quotations that some of us choose to share in our signatures. They vary from little asides on life to thought-provoking nuggets about the philosophy of photography.

    I have been collecting quotations on photography to put on my website, and have loved some of the things you guys have chosen to share. But I just lost my file where I had been gathering them and, since many of your change your signatures from time to time, I can't find all the old ones.

    I figured it might be cool to share on this thread our favourite photography quotes - especially those about the philosophy of what we do (e.g. that we don't just seek to record what we see literally, but make a photograph that expresses how we felt about a scene - what was that quote?).

    Please accept my apologies in advance if this is too far 'off topic' to be acceptable.

    All the best,

    Ed

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    Re: Photography quotations

    "The best way to make money from photography is to sell your camera" - unk.
    Stop chasing gear, start chasing photos instead.

    Jeff, but my friends call me Dogs
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    Re: Photography quotations

    "I don't photograph the world as it is; I photograph the world as I would like it to be."

    --Monte Zucker

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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs857 View Post
    "The best way to make money from photography is to sell your camera" - unk.
    Very funny! Who said that? (not sure what "unk" refers to) :-)

    Ed

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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hurst View Post
    Very funny! Who said that? (not sure what "unk" refers to) :-)

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    maybe unknown?
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Yep unknown.

    I'm sure it has been said by many over the years
    Stop chasing gear, start chasing photos instead.

    Jeff, but my friends call me Dogs
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Similar to this is...

    How do you make a million dollars from photography? First, start with two million dollars...
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs857 View Post
    Yep unknown.

    I'm sure it has been said by many over the years
    Hey, I think I said that first
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs857 View Post
    Yep unknown.

    I'm sure it has been said by many over the years

    Hey Jeff - if I quote that, do you want to be cited as the person who coined it?

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    Re: Photography quotations

    One that drives us all:

    "Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow."

    - Imogen Cunningham
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hurst View Post
    Hey Jeff - if I quote that, do you want to be cited as the person who coined it?
    Generous offer Ed but I just can't take the credit for this one.

    I would suggest "author unknown" or "every photographic professional since the dawn of time" as a suitable author.
    Stop chasing gear, start chasing photos instead.

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    Re: Photography quotations

    Two of my favorites:

    "In art repro, we have finally figured out how to make a perfect copy:
    What we do is we make two copies and throw away the original!"

    "Price, Speed, Quality...pick any two"
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Do not to be a killjoy, but John Paul Caponigro has been posting quotes on Facebook and Google + for years. To see more of the quotes he has assembled, please go to John Paul Caponigro :: Quotes

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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Tansey View Post
    Do not to be a killjoy, but John Paul Caponigro has been posting quotes on Facebook and Google + for years. To see more of the quotes he has assembled, please go to John Paul Caponigro :: Quotes

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    was about to post the same thing ... I read these all the time. there are some great ones in there.

    Here’s a link to a different version of it, where he lists photographers and then his favorite quote from the list of quotes they offered him.
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    Re: Photography quotations

    I've always enjoyed Ted Orland's photographic Truths:
    Photographic Truths Poster
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"
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    Re: Photography quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs857 View Post
    "The best way to make money from photography is to sell your camera" - unk.
    As a software guy at $DAYTIME$, I wrote a small tethering app for the Olympus E-Systems using the Olympus SDK. I sell it for fairly inexpensively - at $15, and that has been my biggest source of photo-related income. It has paid for the E-3 plus a few lens over the 6-7 years.

    Otherwise, indeed, the best way to make money is to buy Leica cheap and sell them for good prices. I have never lost money on Leica gears.

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    Re: Photography quotations

    Wayne, Scott and Graham - thanks for those sources - very enjoyable!

    Some of the quotes here have already added usefully to what is on those sites ;-)

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