Jason Bennett - Photographer

Some photographic philosophy - explained by some people whose work I admire...

"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box."

Henri Cartier-Bresson

"I hope that we don't ever see the day when ready-made photo systems, which guarantee good photographic compositions in advance, go on the market."

Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Look, I'm not an intellectual - I just take pictures."

Helmut Newton 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar."

Helmut Newton

"Technique undoubtedly helps make photography magical, but I prefer to work with atmosphere. I think that the obsession with technique is a male thing. Boy's toys. They love playing... but once you've perfected something you have to start searching for a new toy. I would rather search for a new model or location."

Ellen von Unwerth 

"And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up."

Richard Avedon

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."

Peter Lindberg

"The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques."

Philippe Halsman

"The word “photography” can be interpreted as “writing with light” or “drawing with light.” Some photographers are producing beautiful photographs by drawing with light.  Some other photographers are trying to tell something with their photographs. They are writing with light."

Philippe Halsman

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