It’s as if you invite someone for dinner and serve wine in a decanter instead of the bottle with the label. People should guess if it’s a good wine. But no, they want to see the label. This is awful. That’s why there shouldn’t be any captions. People should just look. We should awaken our sensitivity. But people don’t. If it’s in a decanter, they won’t dare say it’s a good wine or it’s a bad wine because they haven’t seen the year. They don’t know which chateau. That’s what I resent. I think photographs should have no caption, just location and date. Date is important because things change.
That’s why teaching and learning is nothing. It’s living and looking. All these photography schools are a gimmick. What are they teaching? Could you teach me how to walk?
some journalists are wonderful writers and others are just putting facts one after the other. And facts are not interesting. It’s a point of view on facts which is important, and in photography it is the evocation. Some photographs are like a Chekhov short story or a Maupassant story. They’re quick things and there’s a whole world in them. But one is unconscious of it while shooting.
Poetry is the essence of everything, and it’s through deep contact with reality and living fully that you reach poetry. Very often I see photographers cultivating the strangeness or awkwardness of a scene, thinking it is poetry. No. Poetry is two elements which are suddenly conflict — a spark between two elements. But it’s given very seldom, and you can’t look for it. It’s like if you look for inspiration. No, it just comes by enriching yourself and living.
Because when you shout, it is usually because you are short of arguments.
Well, you don’t shoot partridges with a machine gun. You choose one partridge, then the other partridge. Maybe the others are gone by then. But I see people wrrrr, like this with a motor. It’s incredible, because they always shoot in the wrong moment.
and maybe the picture was in between.
Without the fundamentals, the details are useless.
The greatest skill in any endeavor is doing the work.
We are interested in enhancing the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it.
To succeed in school means to elaborate.  To succeed in the real world means to condense.  It’s value, not volume.
dinosaurparty:

(via Kurt Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories in infographic form - Boing Boing)
This is such a nice way to think about things.

Awesome

dinosaurparty:

(via Kurt Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories in infographic form - Boing Boing)
This is such a nice way to think about things.

Awesome