If the photographer isn’t going to pay attention to the picture he is making, that if he thinks the camera is just a machine and not an avenue of expression, then he has no business asking anyone for anything, let alone their time and interest. Don’t show the world, he said, invent the world.
The task of a philosophy of photography is to reflect upon this possibility of freedom – and thus its significance – in a world dominated by apparatuses; to reflect upon the way in which, despite everything, it is possible for human beings to give significance to their lives in the face of the chance necessity of death. Such a philosophy is necessary because it is the only form of revolution left open to us.
Sometimes the answers you need to hear aren’t the answers you want to hear.
Sometimes there is a microcosm and a macrocosm, and if you’re dyslexic like me you can’t tell the difference.
I’m going to punch words in your ear holes.
You say great artists sell their souls for their art?”
“Maybe,” she ventured.
“That’s true, I suppose. If you’re doing it right, anyway. I’ve probably sold mine. Jack’s certainly sold his. And you, I imagine.”
“I have not!” she said, anger showing clear in her eyes.
“Not literally,” he said hastily. “But we give up being a person to be an artist, don’t we?
Orlando said it was important for scientists to have minds kept open by literature, and souls touched by the creativity of art.
Art is love made public.
When you think about new-born babies being killed in our own lifetime,’ he said, ‘all the efforts of culture seem worthless. What have people learned from all our Goethes and Bachs? To kill babies?
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move.