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“There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy.”

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Quotes by Annie Leibovitz

  1. A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.
  2. A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.
  3. As I get older, the book projects are – liberating is one word, but they really are me.
  4. As a young person, and I know it’s hard to believe that I was shy, but you could take your camera, and it would take you to places: it was like having a friend, like having someone to go out with and look at the world. I would do things with a camera I wouldn’t do normally if I was just by myself.
  5. As much as I’m not a journalist, I use journalism. And when you photograph a relationship, it’s quite wonderful to let something unfold in front of you.
  6. At my Rolling Stones’ tour, the camera was a protection. I used it in a Zen way.
  7. Coming tight was boring to me, just the face… it didn’t have enough information.
  8. Computer photography won’t be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical.
  9. Everyone keeps asking you for pictures, and after a while you get tired of that. I always say, They are in the archives.
  10. I admired the work of photographers like Beaton, Penn, and Avedon as much as I respected the grittier photographers such as Robert Frank. But in the same way that I had to find my own way of reportage, I had to find my own form of glamour.
  11. I am impressed with what happens when someone stays in the same place and you took the same picture over and over and it would be different, every single frame.
  12. I didn’t want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful.
  13. I don’t think there is anything wrong with white space. I don’t think it’s a problem to have a blank wall.
  14. I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected.
  15. I feel very proud of the work from the ’80s because it is very bright and colorful.
  16. I fell in love with the darkroom, and that was part of being a photographer at the time. The darkroom was unbelievably sexy. I would spend all night in the darkroom.
  17. I fight to take a good photograph every single time.
  18. I personally made a decision many years ago that I wanted to crawl into portraiture because it had a lot of latitude.
  19. I realized I couldn’t be a journalist because I like to take a side, to have an opinion and a point a view; I liked to step across the imaginary boundary of the objective view that the journalist is supposed to have and be involved.
  20. I shoot a little bit, maybe two rolls, medium format, which is 20 pictures, and if it’s not working, I change the position.
  21. I sometimes find the surface interesting. To say that the mark of a good portrait is whether you get them or get the soul – I don’t think this is possible all of the time.
  22. I still need the camera because it is the only reason anyone is talking to me.
  23. I was scared to do anything in the studio because it felt so claustrophobic. I wanted to be somewhere where things could happen and the subject wasn’t just looking back at you.
  24. I went to Yosemite as an homage to Ansel Adams. I could never be Ansel Adams, but to know that’s there for us – there’s so much for us in this country.
  25. I went to school at the San Francisco Art Institute, thinking I was going to become an art teacher. Within the first six months I was there, I was told that I couldn’t be an art teacher unless I became an artist first.
  26. I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.
  27. I’d like to think that the actions we take today will allow others in the future to discover the wonders of landscapes we helped protect but never had the chance to enjoy ourselves.
  28. I’m a huge, huge fan of photography. I have a small photography collection. As soon as I started to make some money, I bought my very first photograph: an Henri Cartier-Bresson. Then I bought a Robert Frank.
  29. I’m more interested in being good than being famous.
  30. I’ve created a vocabulary of different styles. I draw from many different ways to take a picture. Sometimes I go back to reportage, to journalism.
  31. I’ve learned to create a palette, a vocabulary of ways to take pictures.
  32. I’ve never liked the word ‘celebrity.’ I like to photograph people who are good at what they do.
  33. If I didn’t have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist.
  34. If it makes you cry, it goes in the show.
  35. In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view and to be conceptual with a picture. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.
  36. In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.
  37. It’s a heavy weight, the camera. Now we have modern and lightweight, small plastic cameras, but in the ’70s they were heavy metal.
  38. It’s hard to watch something go on and be talking at the same time.
  39. Lennon was very helpful. What he taught me seems completely obvious: he expected people to treat each other well.
  40. My hope is that we continue to nurture the places that we love, but that we also look outside our immediate worlds.
  41. My lens of choice was always the 35 mm. It was more environmental. You can’t come in closer with the 35 mm.
  42. Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
  43. No one ever thought Clint Eastwood was funny, but he was.
  44. Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter.
  45. The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.
  46. The pictures of my family were designed to be on a family wall, they were supposed to be together. It was supposed to copy my mother’s wall in her house.
  47. The work which is manipulated looks a little boring to me. I think life is pretty strange anyway. It is wooo, wooo, wooo!
  48. There are still so many places on our planet that remain unexplored. I’d love to one day peel back the mystery and understand them.
  49. There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy.
  50. There were some advantages to being a woman photographer. I think women have more empathy with the subject.
  51. Those who want to be serious photographers, you’re really going to have to edit your work. You’re going to have to understand what you’re doing. You’re going to have to not just shoot, shoot, shoot. To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do.
  52. What I am interested in now is the landscape. Pictures without people. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually there are no people in my pictures. It is so emotional.
  53. What I end up shooting is the situation. I shoot the composition and my subject is going to help the composition or not.
  54. What I learned from Lennon was something that did stay with me my whole career, which is to be very straightforward. I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone.
  55. What has stayed true all the way through my work is my composition, I hope, and my sense of color.
  56. When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.
  57. When I started working for Rolling Stone, I became very interested in journalism and thought maybe that’s what I was doing, but it wasn’t true. What became important was to have a point of view.
  58. When I started working for Rolling Stone, I became very interested in journalism and thought maybe that’s what I was doing, but it wasn’t.
  59. When I take a picture I take 10 percent of what I see.
  60. When you are on assignment, film is the least expensive thing in a very practical sense. Your time, the person’s time, turns out to be the most valuable thing.
  61. When you are younger, the camera is like a friend and you can go places and feel like you’re with someone, like you have a companion.
  62. When you go to take someone’s picture, the first thing they say is, what you want me to do? Everyone is very awkward.
  63. You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth.