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    ...the pepper is beginning to show signs of strain, and tonight should grace a salad. It has been suggested that I am a cannibal to eat my models.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: grace 
     
    A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one's own faults without bothering about others.
    — Edward Weston
    Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man.
    — Edward Weston
    Art is based on order. The world is full of 'sloppy Bohemians' and their work betrays them.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work  world 
     
    I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: beauty 
     
    Clouds, torsos, shells, peppers, trees, rocks, smoke stacks, are but interdependent, interrelated parts of a whole, which is life.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: smoke 
     
    No photographer is better than the simplest of cameras
    — Edward Weston
    tags: photographer 
     
    Why limit yourself to what your eyes see when you have an opportunity to extend your vision?
    — Edward Weston
    Dare to be irrational! - keep free from formulas, open to any fresh impulse, fluid.
    — Edward Weston
    My true program is summed up in one word: life. I expect to photograph anything suggested by that word which appeals to me.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: true 
     
    An excellent conception can be quite obscured by faulty technical execution or clarified by faultless technique.
    — Edward Weston
    The prejudice many photographers have against colour photography comes from not thinking of colour as form. You can say things with colour that can't be said in black and white... Those who say that colour will eventually replace black and white are talking nonsense. The two do not compete with each other. They are different means to different ends.
    — Edward Weston
    The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?
    — Edward Weston
    tags: eyes 
     
    I would say to any artist: Don't be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work 
     
    Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work  photography 
     
    For photography is a way to capture the moment - not just any moment, but the important one, this one moment out of all time when your subject is revealed to the fullest - that moment of perfection which comes once and is not repeated.
    — Edward Weston
    Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: law  rules 
     
    This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.
    — Edward Weston
    As great a picture can be made as one's mental capacity-no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others.
    — Edward Weston
    Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: searching 
     
    The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don't know what to do with it.
    — Edward Weston
    If I have any 'message' worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.
    — Edward Weston
    Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic.
    — Edward Weston
    My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work 
     
    When money enters in - then, for a price, I become a liar - and a good one I can be whether with pencil or subtle lighting or viewpoint. I hate it all, but so do I support not only my family, but my own work.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work  hate  money  liar 
     
    ...through this photographic eye you will be able to look out on a new light-world, a world for the most part uncharted and unexplored, a world that lies waiting to be discovered and revealed.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: world  lies  eyes 
     
    If I am interested, amazed, stimulated to work, that is sufficient reason to thank the gods, and go ahead!
    — Edward Weston
    tags: work  god 
     
    Restricting too personal, and therefore prejudiced, interpretation leads to revolution - the fusion of an inner and outer reality derived from the wholeness of life - sublimating things seen into things known.
    — Edward Weston
    Modern Art is being used to index me. Surely it was a source but photographers have influenced Modern Art quite as deeply as they have been influenced, maybe more. Anyway painters don't have a copyright on M. A. We were all born in the same upheaval.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: photographer 
     
    I find myself every so often looking at my ground glass as though the unrecorded image might escape me!
    — Edward Weston
    for the obvious reason that nature - unadulterated and unimproved by man - is simply chaos. In fact, the camera proves that nature is crude and lacking in arrangement...
    — Edward Weston
    tags: nature  men  chaos  facts 
     
    Results alone should be appraised; the way in which these are achieved is of importance only to the maker.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: alone 
     
    I see my finished platinum print (in the viewfinder) in all its desired qualities, before my exposure.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: quality 
     
    Since the recording process is instantaneous, and the nature of the image such that it cannot survive corrective handwork, it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: nature  process  film 
     
    The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.
    — Edward Weston
    The photographer's most important and likewise most difficult task is not learning to manage his camera, or to develop, or to print. It is learning to see photographically - that is, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes, so that he can instantaneously translate the elements and values in a scene before him into the photograph he wants to make.
    — Edward Weston
    There is nothing like a Bach fugue to remove me from a discordant moment... only Bach hold up fresh and strong after repeated playing. I can always return to Bach when the other records weary me.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: moment  strong 
     
    The great scientist dares to differ from accepted 'facts' - think irrationally - let the artist do likewise.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: facts  artist  scientist 
     
    To compose a subject well means no more than to see and present it in the strongest manner possible.
    — Edward Weston
    tags: present 
     
    When a photographer masters the tools and processes of the art, then the quality of the work is only limited by his creative vision.
    — Edward Weston
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