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Berenice Abbott

  • ... photography is not only drawing with light, though light is the indispensable agent of its being. It is modeling or sculpturing with light, to reproduce the plastic form of natural objects. It is painting with light ...

  • What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera ... notes with relentless fidelity.

  • The lens freezes time and space in what may be an optical slavery or, contrarily, the crystallization of meaning. The limits of the lens' vision are esthetically often a virtue.

  • What to me is anathema — a corpse-like, outmoded hangover — is for photography to be a bad excuse for another medium. ... Is not photography good enough in itself, that it must be made to look like something else, supposedly superior?

  • Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.

    • Berenice Abbott,
    • "It Has to Walk Alone," in Infinity ()
  • People say they have to express their emotions. I'm sick of that. Photography doesn't teach you to express your emotions; it teaches you how to see.

    • Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott, U.S. photographer

(1898 - 1991)