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Painting And Photography Quotes


"Photography is painting with light" - Miroslav Tichy

"Good painting is nothing else but a copy of the perfections of God and a reminder of His painting. Finally, good painting is a music and a melody which intellect only can appreciate, and with great difficulty." - Michelangelo

"Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography." - John Baldessari

"Photography and painting, all of that fed into my directing eventually." - Dennis Hopper

"Fiction is not photography, it's oil painting." - Robertson Davies

"I did painting before I did photography." - David Bailey

"Photography and writing are marvelous distractions from painting. I might even have found movies more interesting than photography. I tried it a bit, but not enough." - Jacques-Henri Lartigue

"This profession [photography] is deserving of attention and respect equal to that accorded painting, literature, music and architecture." - Ansel Adams

"I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical." - PJ Harvey

"I don't see a big difference between painting and photography. Moreover, such distinctions mean nothing to me." - Sigmar Polke

"In my view, photography and painting really share one history. The influences that work on one, work on the other." - Jack Welpott

"I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical." - P J Harvey

"Basic research is like shooting an arrow in the air and, where it lands, painting a target." - Homer Burton Adkins

"Glory to that Homer of painting, to that father of warmth and enthusiasm... he really paints men." - Eugene Delacroix

"Photography is Art and Art is Photography." - Martin Parr

"Actually, I didn't study photography at first. I went to school for painting my first year, poetry my second year, graphic design my third and fourth year, and photography my fifth." - Ryan Mcginley

"To me, photography was a completely new medium, and I did not... feel the urge to transfer to it my ideas about painting." - John Gutmann

"I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way." - Sydney Pollack

"A movie is painting, it's photography, it's literature - because you have to have the screenplay - it's music. Put a different soundtrack to a comedy and it's a tragedy." - Paula Patton

"I think we seem to remember things in still pictures. I never gave up on painting. When they said painting was dead, I just thought, Well, that's all about photography, and photography's not that interesting, and it's changing anyway." - David Hockney

"I love the medium of photography, for with its unique realism it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, This is real, too." - Wynn Bullock

"Every painting is a war. You have to struggle every day, and to struggle every day with your inadequacies is a damn nuisance." - Neil Welliver

"I believe that street photography is central to the issue of photography-that it is purely photographic, whereas the other genres, such as landscape and portrait photography, are a little more applied, more mixed in the with the history of painting and other art forms." - Joel Meyerowitz

"Painting is a means of self-enlightenment." - John Olsen

"Painting is traditional but for me that doesn't mean the academy. I felt a need to paint; I love painting. It was something natural - as is listening to music or playing an instrument for some people. For this reason I searched for themes of my era and my generation. Photography offered this, so I chose it as a medium for painting." - Gerhard Richter

"In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated." - August Sander

"A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world." - Mary Mccarthy

"I love painting. As far as photography is concerned, I understand nothing." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Photography has always been a simple medium, compared to painting in oil or chipping at marble." - John Gossage

"Prose is a photography, poetry is a painting in oil-colors." - Austin O'Malley

"Painting, drawing - I'm really into photography, I've done it since high school." - Dianna Agron

"Photography is nature seen from the eyes outwards. Painting is nature seen from the eyes inwards." - Charles Sheeler

"Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Photography, not soft gutless painting, is best equipped to bore into the spirit of today." - Edward Weston

"Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That's the thing about painting, photography, cinema." - David Lynch

"I'm very interested in the language of photography in relationship to painting." - Catherine Opie

"Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography." - Martin Parr

"I love photography, and I love the art of photography." - Helen Mirren

"Abstraction in photography is ridiculous, and is only an imitation of painting. We stopped imitating painters a hundred years ago, so to imitate them in this day and age is laughable." - Berenice Abbott

"Painting and photography keep the creative channel open, and for an actor, it's to keep alive, it's to keep awake, it's to keep watching, it's to keep feeling, it's to keep enjoying, to keep that sensuality of feeling alive." - Charlotte Rampling

"Now, at a moment when photography is so pervasive that it's been forced to grapple with its own identity and look inward, it feels like a natural moment for painting to look out, to reclaim that directive of picturing America." - Cynthia Daignault

"It's often about the simple things, isn't it? Painting and photography are first about seeing, they say. Writing is about observing. Technique is secondary. Sometimes the simple is the most difficult." - Linda Olsson

"Over the past two decades, the boundary between photography and other media like painting, sculpture, or performance has become increasingly porous. It would seem that each medium has absorbed the other, leaving the photographic residing everywhere, but nowhere in particular." - Geoffrey Batchen

"The denunciation of suffering by photography has replaced the religious justification of suffering in painting. Denunciation is a function of photojournalism, and in itself that's a step in the right direction." - Luc Delahaye

"As a teenager, I loved acting, painting, photography, and making films with my friend's Super 8 camera. But I always loved writing the best. I chose writing even before I knew poetry was available to me." - Denise Duhamel

"Photography as a subject is a good one. Its history is only about 150 years... You only have to know about twenty-five or thirty names and that's it. All you need. In painting there are more than 1,000." - William Wegman

"Painting requires skill. Photography is created by the camera, and one cannot fully control what the camera sees. So people take many photographs because several must always be discarded." - Igor Babailov

"Photography has arrived at the point where it is capable of liberating painting from all literature, from the anecdote, and even from the subject. In any case, a certain aspect of the subject now belongs to the domain of photography. So shouldn't painters profit from their newly acquired liberty, and make use of it to do other things?" - Pablo Picasso

"Originally, one of the reasons I was drawn to photography, as opposed to painting or sculpture or installation, is that of all the arts it is the most democratic, in so far as it's instantly readable and accessible to our culture. Photography is how we move information back and forth." - Gregory Crewdson

"Humans have changed the landscape so much, but images of the sea could be shared with primordial people. I just project my imagination on to the viewer, even the first human being. I think first and then imagine some scenes. Then I go out and look for them. Or I re-create these images with my camera. I love photography because photography is the most believable medium. Painting can lie, but photography never lies: that is what people used to believe." - Hiroshi Sugimoto

"The tradition of portrait painting, to embellish or idealize the subject, remains the aim of everyday and of commercial photography, but it has had a much more limited career in photography considered as art. Generally speaking, the honors have gone to the Cordelias." - Susan Sontag

"Photography is painting with light! The blurs, the spots, those are errors! But the errors are part of it, they give it poetry and turn it into painting. And for that you need as bad a camera as possible! If you want to be famous, you have to do whatever you're doing worse than anyone else in the whole world." - Miroslav Tichy

"For me, going back to itinerant landscape painting, it's not about returning to an older method, but about building on what happened in the 20th century in photography. And also highlighting what the differences are between a painting and a photograph in picturing space." - Cynthia Daignault

"People are always trying to find the next groovy thing, and it hasn't gone back to painting... I'd like it to go back to painting. I'm sick of all this photography and video. There's so much of it, it's almost annoying." - Cindy Sherman

"Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly, and modestly." - Mao Zedong

"The real self of an artiste lies in art, so when an artiste performs, all the pain, trauma and tension get released through art, be it dancing, painting, singing, writing or even martial arts." - Mrinalini Sarabhai

"We struggle against easel painting not because it is an aesthetic form of painting, but because it is not modern, for it does not succeed in bringing out the technical side, it is a redundant, exclusive art, and cannot be of any use to the masses. Hence we are struggling not against painting but against photography carried out as if it were an etching, a drawing, a picture in sepia or watercolor." - Alexander Rodchenko

"All I care about these days is painting - photography has never been more than a way into painting, a sort of instant drawing." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward. Photography records inalterably the single image, while painting records a plurality of images willfully directed by the artist." - Charles Sheeler

"Photography is the very conscience of painting. It constantly reminds the later of what it must not do." - Brassai

" can lie as convincingly as literature or painting. The angle, the selected content, the assumed context." - Edmundo Desnoes

"I began to see cinema as the perfect combination of so many wonderful art forms - painting, photography, music, dance, theater." - James Gray

"Photography, painting or poetry - those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things; they are my way of communicating." - Viggo Mortensen

"Now that photography is a digital medium, the ghost of painting is coming to haunt it: photography no longer retains a sense of truth. I think that's great, because it frees photography from factuality, the same way photography freed painting from factuality in the mid-nineteenth century." - Vik Muniz

"Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks." - Simonides of Ceos

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." - Plutarch

"So far as photography satisfied a wish, it satisfied a wish not confined to painters, but a human wish, intensifying since the Reformation, to escape subjectivity and metaphysical isolation - a wish for power to reach this world, having for so long tried, at last hopelessly, to manifest fidelity to another... Photography overcame subjectivity in a way undreamed of by painting, one which does not so much defeat the act of painting as escape it altogether: by automatism, by removing the human agent from the act of reproduction." - Stanley Cavell

"Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a photography." - William J. Mitchell

"Photography promises an enhanced mastery of nature, but photography also threatens conflagration and anarchy." - Allan Sekula

"As for the various kinds of montage photography, they are in reality not photography at all but a kind of painting in which photography is used - as pastiches of textiles are used in crazy-quilts - to form a mosaic. Whatever value the montage may have derives from painting rather than the camera." - Lewis Mumford

"I got really excited about finding new ways of using video, and the immediacy is different, in a way, than painting and photography. The creativity comes with the editing. You can layer and cut and paste. I really love that it's like another form of making my smaller collages but in video form." - Mickalene Thomas

"I had decent but not great grades in high school because I was highly motivated in some subjects, like the arts, drama, English, and history, but in math and science I was a screw-up. Wooster saw something in me, and I really flourished there. I got into theatre, took photography and painting classes." - J C Chandor

"I am just a middle-class farm boy from Dodge City and my grandparents were wheat farmers. I thought painting, acting, directing and photography were all part of being an artist. I have made my money that way. And I have had some fun. It's not been a bad life." - Dennis Hopper

"The subject I liked best was painting, but the teachers didn't approve of my experiments and sometimes criticized me in front of the whole class. Maybe my love for photography came from that humiliation: a photo is something that you develop and print yourself, in the dark, and that remains in the dark until you decide to show it." - Hiroshi Hamaya

"I had a growing feeling that most of the best art of the world in painting and sculpture had been done, and that this newest form [photography] was more related to the progress and tempo of modern science of the eye." - Paul Outerbridge

"The world of the cinema and of painting are very different; precisely, the possibilities of photography and the cinema reside in that unlimited fantasy which is born of things themselves... a piece of sugar can become on the screen larger than an infinite perspective of gigantic buildings." - Salvador Dali

"The dominant problem of pictorial art since the nineteen-fifties is photography, and, by extension, film and video. The basilisk eye of the camera has withered the pride of handworked mediums. Painting survives on a case-by-case basis, its successes amounting to special exemptions from a verdict of history." - Peter Schjeldahl

"One of the most recent things we did [in Perceval Press] is a reissue of a fantastic documentary about Russian prison tattoo culture by Alix Lambert called The Mark of Cain. We've done books from Twilight of Empire, that actually has forewords by Howard Zinn and Dennis Kucinich and others, to books of poetry, photography, painting - all kinds of books." - Viggo Mortensen

"One teacher told me that my work belonged in the trash. That day I ran out of the classroom and ended up in the library, where there happened to be a black and white photography exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg's photographs of the streets of New York. The subject of his photos were exactly what I was painting about." - Jose Parla

"I love Rauschenberg. I love that he created a turning point in visual history, that he redefined the idea of beauty, that he combined painting, sculpture, photography, and everyday life with such gall, and that he was interested in, as he put it, 'the ability to conceive failure as progress.'" - Jerry Saltz

"The painters have no copyright on modern art!... I believe in, and make no apologies for, photography: it is the most important graphic medium of our day. It does not have to be, indeed cannot be - compared to painting - it has different means and aims." - Edward Weston

"Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately." - Edward Weston

"See, a painting is much cheaper than making a film. And photography is, you know, way cheap. So if I get an idea for a film, there are many ways to get it together and go realise that film. There's really nothing to be afraid of." - David Lynch

"A movie is painting, it's photography, it's literature - because you have to have the screenplay - it's music. Put a different soundtrack to a comedy and it's a tragedy. A movie combines all those forms and forces you to pay attention for two hours with a group of people." - Paula Patton

"Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term-selectivity." - Berenice Abbott

"No one can really explain in a rational way what makes a good photograph or a bad photograph... This is why the art world will not throw billions of dollars at photography the way it has at painting; and that is what makes it an exciting medium." - David Wojnarowicz

"Loving photography and wanting to be a painter, it all ended up in the process of filmmaking. It's strange professionally be to connected because it connects you to architecture, it connects you to painting, it connects you to writers, to actors. It connects you to really all of the arts." - Wim Wenders

"When painting portraits a lot of people say, 'Why not get a photograph of the person?' Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the 'click' of a snapshot." - Jamie Wyeth

"Everything I do, it's a bit painterly. I like being surrounded by objects, mostly on paper. I like the images. I like the painting. I like good photography. It's something that makes me an emotional connection, and I feel comfortable around it." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Acting is just another way to express myself as an artist. I realized if you're an artist, you're an artist and you can express that through music, through painting, through photography, through acting - this is just another way for me to express myself." - Common

"To me, photography is like a quest, or a pilgrimage, or a hunt. I love painting, I love music, but photography is what has allowed me to get outside of myself." - Edouard Boubat

"You know exactly what I think of photography. I would like to see it make people despise painting until something else will make photography unbearable. (In a letter to Alfred Stieglitz)" - Marcel Duchamp

"T.V. has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress." - Banksy

"DAGUERREOTYPE Will take the place of painting. (See PHOTOGRAPHY.) (From The Dictionary of Received Ideas, assembled from notes Flaubert made in the 1870s.)" - Gustave Flaubert

"People believe pictures. It's a photograph that's in your passport, not a painting. Now, George Bernard Shaw said, 'I would exchange every painting of Christ for one snapshot.' That's what the power of photography is." - Philip Jones Griffiths

"Science for me is very close to art. Scientific discovery is an irrational act. It's an intuition which turns out to be reality at the end of it-and I see no difference between a scientist developing a marvellous discovery and an artist making a painting." - Carlo Rubbia

"The science of design, or of line-drawing, if you like to use this term, is the source and very essence of painting, sculpture, architecture... Sometimes... it seems to me that... all the works of the human brain and hand are either design itself or a branch of that art." - Michelangelo

"I feel that when I am painting, it is a form of worship. I see how wonderful nature is and how wonderful art is... and by trying to produce these works of art, I feel that I am just showing my appreciation of these creations." - E. J. Hughes

"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is...unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." - Alice Neel

"Literature is painting, architecture, and music." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"Each painting evolves freely and independently." - Fernando Araujo Perdomo

"Happy painting and God Bless, my friend." - Bob Ross

"I never really separated painting and literature." - Cy Twombly

"Painting and writing are solitary arts." - Conrad Hall

"Photography is a brief complicity between foresight and luck." - John Stuart Mill

"Photography is 10% inspiration and 90% moving furniture." - Helmut Newton

"Typography can be as exciting as illustration and photography." - Herb Lubalin

"Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real." - Ansel Adams

"Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance." - Lewis Hine

"But O, Photography! as no art is, Faithful and disappointing!" - Philip Larkin

"Photography is 1% talent and 99% moving furniture." - Arnold Newman

"Photography has saved my life, over and over again." - Laurel Nakadate

"I'm a big believer in practical and location photography." - Jonathan Nolan

"Museum collections have given photography rigor, and mortis." - Bill Jay

"Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive." - Sam Abell

"All my film ideas and subjects have come from photography." - Lauren Greenfield

"I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography." - Bill Wyman

"The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset." - Catherine Opie

"The magazine business is dying. It's a hard time for publishing. It does seem that everyone is much more opinionated now. I think there's probably more room for making opinionated illustrations. There was a time when Time magazine and Newsweek would have a realistic painted cover. A friend of mine used to do a lot of those paintings and he was told by the art director at one point, we are switching to photography. It seems that if someone saw a painting on a cover, it took a while to do, it must be old news. Photography became more immediate." - Barry Blitt

"My background is in painting but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performances and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In l970 I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well." - William Wegman

"Here is a paradox. It would seem that there cannot be surrealism and photography, but only photography or surrealism." - Rosalind E. Krauss

"Landscapes, heads and naked women are called artistic photography, while photographs of current events are called press photography." - Alexander Rodchenko

"I never liked dance photography; it's very flat, and dance photography in the studio looks very contrived." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Photography has almost no reality; it is almost a hundred per cent picture. And painting always has reality: you can touch the paint; it has presence; but it always yields a picture - no matter whether good or bad. That's all the theory. It's no good. I once took some small photographs and then smeared them with paint. That partly resolved the problem, and it's really good - better than anything I could ever say on the subject." - Gerhard Richter

"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God." - Rembrandt

"On painting and fighting looke aloofe. [On painting and fighting look aloof.]" - George Herbert

"I think I love and reverence all arts equally, only putting my own just above the others; because in it I recognize the union and culmination of my own. To me it seems as if when God conceived the world, that was Poetry; He formed it, and that was Sculpture; He colored it, and that was Painting; He peopled it with living beings, and that was the grand, divine, eternal Drama." - Charlotte Saunders Cushman

"The camera can push the new medium to its limits - and beyond. It is there - in the "beyond" - that the imaginative photographer will compete with the imaginative painter. Painting must return to the natural world from time to time for renewal of the artistic vision. The key sector of renewal of vision today is the new vistas revealed by science. Here photography, which is not only art but science also, stands on the firmest ground." - Andreas Feininger

"Photoshop came out of painting, and now it's going back to painting." - David Hockney

"A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear." - Miles Davis

"Pop Art is not painting because painting must have content and emotion." - Grace Hartigan

"I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain." - Jonathan Davis

"I realized painting could look like a film, and a film like a painting." - Rita Ackermann

"Abstract reason, formerly the servant of practical human reasons, has everywhere become its master, and denies poetry any excuse for existence. Though philosophers like to define poetry as irrational fancy, for us it is practical, humorous, reasonable way of being ourselves. Of never acquiescing in a fraud; of never accepting the secondary-rate in poetry, painting, music, love, friends. Of safeguarding our poetic institutions against the encroachments of mechanized, insensate, inhumane, abstract rationality." - Robert Graves

"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 ..." - Berenice Abbott

"When I was in art school, the photo kids were separated from the rest. If you did sculpture or painting or graphic design, you were all taking the same classes, but the photographers just went straight into photography." - Ryan Mcginley

"I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It's just a painting." - Scott McClanahan

"I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It's just a painting." - Scott McClanahan

"In the '70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography." - Martin Parr

"Photography is Photography; And in it's purity and innocence is far too uniquely, valuable and beautiful to be spoilt by making it imitate something else." - Frederick H. Evans

"Rivers are inherently interesting. They mold landscapes, create fertile deltas, provide trade routes, a source for food and water; a place to wash and play; civilizations emerged next to rivers in China, India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They sustain life and bring death and destruction. They are ferocious at times; gentle at times. They are placid and mean. They trigger conflict and delineate boundaries. Rivers are the stuff of metaphor and fable, painting and poetry. Rivers unite and divide - a thread that runs from source to exhausted release." - Edward Gargan

"Most importantly, postmodernism comes down on the side of photography and power, not photography as power. As a consequence, photography continues to be conceived as an inconsequential vehicle or passage for real powers that always originate elsewhere." - Geoffrey Batchen

"The thing with my workshops is, photography is a thoughtful process. In an atmosphere of fast photography, and generally thoughtless, quick, automatic photography, I think that there is an interest in the slowed down, thoughtful approach." - Sam Abell

"Poetry ... is the music and painting of the mind." - Sonia Orwell

"I make no distinction between poetry and painting." - Joan Miro

"Painting is like being a lawyer and attacking a corporation." - John Currin

"As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Painting and drawing has been here for 35,000 years." - David Hockney

"Apart from painting and gardening, I'm not good at anything." - Claude Monet



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