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"Symbolism is no mere idle fancy or corrupt degeration: it is inherent in
the very texture of human life." Alfred North Whitehead
"Whoever controls the media--the images--controls the culture." Alan
"The role of the artist I now understood as that of revealing through the
world-surfaces the implicit forms of the soul, and the great agent to
assist the artist was the myth." Joseph Campbell
"...the degradation of the sense of symbol in modern society is one of its
many signs of spiritual decay." Thomas Merton
"The secret of art is love." Antoine Bourdelle
"Man's activity consists in either a making or a doing. Both of these
aspects of the active life depend for their correction upon the
contemplative life (that is, the Hero)." Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
"Artist! You are a magician: Art is the great miracle." Peladon
>From Math in Motion, Pearls of Wisdom.
Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know
art.--Wynetka Ann Reynolds
The artist photographer knows that there is a great difference between
seeing and a scene and producing a photographic equivalent... Nathan
Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers
The photographer who combines scientific method with artistic skill is in
the best possible position to do the good work.... Hunter and Driffield
I became like a band member whose instrument was the camera Linda
How charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural
images to imprint themselves durable and remain fixed upon the paper!
And why should it not be possible? I asked myself... William Henry Fox
Tenderly now, let all men turn to the earth... Nancy Newhall
For those Americans present at the dawn of photography, the
opportunity to have their picture taken was regarded as a chance for
immortality... Martin W Sandier
We capture your memories forever.. Eastman Kodak slogan
Every photograph that is made whether by one who considers himself a
professional, or by the tourist who points his snapshot camera and
pushes a button, is a response to the exterior world, to something
perceived outside himself by the person who operates the camera. Eliot
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art...
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible... Unknown
The whole search is for the unknown... Jerry Valente
A photograph can be as striking and as haunting as a great painting or a
fine poem.... 1988 Handbook annual
The satisfaction comes from working next to 500 photographers and
coming away with something different.... David Burnett
When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has
endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the
greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The
photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer....
There's no dividing line between adventure and photography.... Chris
The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the
camera as well as the pen... Anonymous
A spirit in my feet said 'go', and I went... Matthew Brady on why he
photographed the Civil War
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I
photograph... Richard Avedon
Art is Man's nature. Nature is god's art... James Bailey
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces
and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent
in all things... Ansel Adams
Kodak means photography with bother left out... Kodak slogan 1909
The brilliancy and sharpness of some of them are highly remarkable...
Anonymous comment about Matthew Brady's work
I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the
A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time... Everything was
touched with magic... Margaret Bourke White
When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my
minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the
word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather
than just extracted from without... Ansel Adams
Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the
true lens of the camera...
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
"Mankind's most enduring achievement is art. At its best, it reveals the
nobility that coexists in human nature along with its flaws and evils, and
the beauty and truth it can perceive."
"The arts, when they're well taught, cultivate imagination. They refine
sensibility. They encourage youngsters to take risks and rely upon their
Aesthetic vs. non-aesthetic experiences quotes from John
Dewey, Art as Experience
1. What is a non-aesthetic experience:
p. 40: ". . . [I]n much of our experiences we are not concerned with the
connection of one incident with what went before and what comes
after. There is no interest that controls attentive rejection or selection of
what shall be organized into the developing experience. Things happen,
but they are neither definitely included nor decisively excluded; we drift.
. . . There are beginnings and cessations, but no genuine initiations
and conclusions. One thing replaces another but does not absorb it and
carry it on. There is 'experience' but [it is] so slack and discursive that it
is not an experience.
How do we put this in our own words? Are non-aesthetic experiences
like watching CNN's "Around the world in 30 minutes" news program --
all that information but no way to connect it? And we just sit there with
our eyeballs glazed over?
2. But if there's a lot of emotion to it, will that make it aesthetic?
p. 41: We are given to thinking of emotions as things as simple and
compact as are the words by which we name them Joy, sorrow, hope,
fear, anger, curiosity are treated as if each in itself were a sort of entity
that enters full-[blown] upon the scene . . . . In fact, emotions are
qualities, when they are significant , of a complex experience that
moves and changes. . . .
p. 42: Emotion is the moving and cementing force [that creates an
experience out of otherwise disparate experiences]. It provides unity in
and through the varied parts of an experience.
3. Are there ways of being able to discern an aesthetic experience?
world in which he lives."
b. It "has pattern and structure because it is not just doing [something]
and undergoing [having something done to you] but [the aesthetic
experience] consists of [doing and undergoing] in relationship.
c. The doing and undergoing must also be in balance --
4. So aesthetic experience is a good balance between doing and
undergoing -- so what?
p. 46: " . . . the esthetic . . . is the clarified and intensified development
of traits that belong to every normally complete experience. This fact I
take to be the only secure basis upon which esthetic theory can build. "
a. Since 'artistic' refers . . . to the act of production, and "esthetic" to . . .
perception and enjoyment" it is unfortunate that we together, and
lets of think of them as part of a continuum.
p. 49 "To be truly artistic, a work must also be aesthetic -- that is,
framed for enjoyed receptive perception. . . . Art. . . unites the very
same relation of doing and undergoing, outgoing and incoming energy,
that makes an experience to be an experience.
p. 54: "For to perceive, a beholder must create his own experience.
And his creation must include relations comparable to those which the
original producer underwent. They are not the same in any literal sense.
But with the perceiver, as with the artist, there must be an ordering of
the elements of the whole that is in form, although not in details, the
same as the process of organization the creator of the work
consciously experienced. Without an act of recreation the object is not
perceived as a work of art. The artist selected, simplified, clarified,
abridged and condensed according to his interest. The beholder must go
through these operations according his point of view and interest. In
both, an act of abstraction, that is, an act of extraction of what is
significant, takes place. In both there is comprehension in its literal
signification --that is, a gathering of details and particulars physically
scattered into an experienced whole. There is work to be done on the
part of the percipient, as there is on the part of the artist. The one who
is too lazy, idle, or indurated in convention to perform this work will not
see or hear. His 'appreciation' will be mixture of scraps of learning with
conformity to norms of conventional admiration and with a confused,