margaret bourke white Quotes

Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.
— Margaret Bourke White
The world was waiting to be full of discovery made(as a photographer) I could share the things I saw and learned.you would react to something all others might walk by.
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— Margaret Bourke White
The element of discovery is very important. I don't repeat myself well. I want and need that stimulus of walking forward from one new world to another.
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— Margaret Bourke White
I was to discover that the quest for human understanding is a lifetime one that has no end in sight.
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— Margaret Bourke White
Usually I object when someone makes over-much of men's work versus women's work, for I think it is the excellence of the results which counts.
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— Margaret Bourke White
It seems to me that while it is very important to get a striking picture of a line of smoke stacks or a row of dynamos, it is becoming more and more important to reflect that life that goes on behind these photographs. (1935)
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— Margaret Bourke White
We are in a privileged and sometimes happy position. We see a great deal of the world. Our obligation is to pass it on to others.
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— Margaret Bourke White
The very secret of life for me, I believed, was to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquility.
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— Margaret Bourke White
The beauty of the past belongs to the past.
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— Margaret Bourke White
To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the conditions which made him what he is.
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— Margaret Bourke White
If you banish fear, nothing terribly bad can happen to you.
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— Margaret Bourke White
A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time... Everything was touched with magic.
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— Margaret Bourke White
If anyone gets in my way when I'm making a picture, I become irrational. I'm never sure what I am going to do, or sometimes even aware of what I do-only that I want that picture.
— Margaret Bourke White
The sights I have just seen [at Buchenwald] are so unbelievable that I don't think I'll believe them myself until I've seen the photographs...
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— Margaret Bourke White
The camera is a remarkable instrument. Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way.
— Margaret Bourke White
I'm afraid my closely guarded solitude causes some hurt feelings now and then. But how to explain, without wounding someone, that you want to be wholly in the world you are writing about, that it would take two days to get the visitor's voice out of the house so that you could listen to your own characters again?
tags: character world hurt solitude writing afraid
— Margaret Bourke White
If you want to photograph a man spinning, give some thought to why he spins. Understanding for a photographer is as important as the equipment he uses.
— Margaret Bourke White
Work is something you can count on, a trusted, lifelong friend who never deserts you.
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— Margaret Bourke White
As photographers, we live through things so swiftly. All our experience and training is focused toward snatching off the highlights... That all significant perfect moment, so essential to capture, is often highly perishable. There may be little opportunity to probe deeper.
— Margaret Bourke White
"Utter truth is essential, and that is what stirs me when I look through the camera."
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— Margaret Bourke White
Nothing attracts me like a closed door. I cannot let my camera rest until I have pried it open.
— Margaret Bourke White
Photography is a very subtle thing. You must let the camera take you by the hand, as it were, and lead you into your subject.
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— Margaret Bourke White
A burning purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it.
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— Margaret Bourke White
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.
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— Margaret Bourke White
I have never forgotten a picture that I ever made.
— Margaret Bourke White
I have always thought that if I could turn back the pages of history and photograph one man, my choice would be Moses.
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— Margaret Bourke White
Work to me is a sacred thing.
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— Margaret Bourke White
Even while you're in dead earnest about your work, you must approach it with a feeling of freedom and joy; you must be loose-jointed, like a relaxed athlete.
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— Margaret Bourke White
I like to hide my camera and use a remote control, because then no one knows when I'm actually imprisoning their souls in the visual plane of thought or just sitting there, waiting, and then making time stop. The printed film is like a bell used to symbolize its hour. Except it stands for both that hour's and everything's sudden stopping.
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— Margaret Bourke White
I love to write out of doors and sleep out of doors, too. If I sleep under the open sky it becomes part of the writing experience, part of my insulation from the world.
tags: world experience sleep sky writing write
— Margaret Bourke White
The very secret of life for mewas to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquility. I had picked a life that dealt with excitement, tragedy, mass calamities, human triumphs and suffering. To throw my whole self into recording and attempting to understand these things, I needed an inner serenity as a kind of balance.
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— Margaret Bourke White
Life is beating against the school windows. You must quickly open the doors and go out to learn that no door must be locked against you.
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— Margaret Bourke White
My idea of gardening is to discover something wild in my wood and weed around it with the utmost care until it has a chance to grow and spread.
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— Margaret Bourke White
War makes its own morals.
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— Margaret Bourke White
A book, while it is being written, has an intense life of its own which you share.
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— Margaret Bourke White
Utter truth is essential...and to get that truth may take a lot of searching and long hours.
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— Margaret Bourke White
You are responsible for what you have done and the people whom you have influenced.
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— Margaret Bourke White
By some special graciousness of fate I am deposited - as all good photographers like to be - in the right place at the right time. Go into it as young as possible. Bring all the asset you have and play to win.
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— Margaret Bourke White