Robert Frank Quotes
Robert Frank was a Swiss-American Photographer born on November 9, 1924, and died on September 9, 2019. He was a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in Paris before he quit to go into street photography which made him one of the most influential photographers of our time. The Americans (1959), a photographic book was accepted as one of the best classics of his time.
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Famous Robert Frank Quotes About Photography And The Life Of A Photographer
- “My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished”. ― Robert Frank
- “Black and white are the colors of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” ― Robert Frank
- “It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph”. ― Robert Frank
- “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” ― Robert Frank
- “I always say that I don’t want to be sentimental, that the photographs shouldn’t be sentimental, and yet, I am conscious of my sentimentality.” ― Robert Frank
- “I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love.” ― Robert Frank
- “You do your work as a photographer and everything becomes past.” ― Robert Frank
- “When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank
- “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” ― Robert Frank
- “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference” ― Robert Frank
- “I am always looking outside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there. And what’s out there is constantly changing.” ― Robert Frank, Pull My Daisy
- “The race to make more money to keep up with the rich, he says, is the reason Americans are spending less time with children and less time sleeping. It’s also the reason Americans feel less happy, since happiness is partly determined by how well we’re doing compared with those around us. The race, he said, will only get more destructive as the rich get richer and more numerous” ― Robert Frank
- “At a certain level of wealth, you care more about things like the environment and what’s going to happen to later generations than preserving your own money.” ― Robert Frank
- “As morally troubling and politically charged as the issue of inequality has become, it’s not likely to cause a populist revolt. Most Americans still have a generally positive view of the wealthy and, rightly or wrongly, believe they too can make it to Richistan someday.”― Robert Frank
- “There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all moments are recorded, then nothing is beautiful and maybe photography isn’t an art anymore. Maybe it never was” ― Robert Frank
- “Words are more thoughts; the photographed images always end up having a romantic gloss about it – no matter how I try to avoid it.” ― Robert Frank
- “A message picture is something that’s simply too clear.” – Robert Frank
- “To produce an authentic contemporary document, the visual impact should be such as will nullify explanation.” – Robert Frank