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Monuments to photographers

Monument to the photographer. Moscow, Russia

Monument to the photographer. Moscow, Russia

This post is a tribute to a noble profession of a photographer, with a collection of inspirational quotes and pictures of monuments to photographers and cameras in different cities and countries. The work of a photographer is not a simple thing, as somebody said – “Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner”.

Bas-relief of a photographer in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Bas-relief of a photographer in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. Ambrose Bierce

Cameraman monument in Moscow, Russia

Cameraman monument in Moscow, Russia

You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. Author Unknown

Monument to a photographer in St. Petersburg, Russia

Monument to a photographer in St. Petersburg, Russia

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. Robert Adams, Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995

Monument to Alexander Mironov as Mr. Festus from the movie ‘The Man from Boulevard des Capucines’, In Chelyabinsk, Russia

Monument to Alexander Mironov as Mr. Festus from the movie ‘The Man from Boulevard des Capucines’, In Chelyabinsk, Russia

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams

Monument in Kutaisi, Georgia

Monument in Kutaisi, Georgia

It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours. James Lalropui Keivom

Monument to a photographer in Baden, Austria

Monument to a photographer in Baden, Austria

Monument to a Photographer in Bratislava, Slovakia

Monument to a Photographer in Bratislava, Slovakia

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! Ted Grant

Monument to a photographer in Kharkov, Ukraine

Monument to a photographer in Kharkov, Ukraine

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange

Monument to a photographer in Russia

Monument to a photographer in Russia

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. ~Minor White

Monument to a photographer in Russia

Monument to a photographer in Russia

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. Ansel Adams

Monument to a photographer in Sochi, Russia

Monument to a photographer in Sochi, Russia

The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. W. Eugene Smith

Monument to camera and shooting family in Belgorod, Russia

Monument to camera and shooting family in Belgorod, Russia

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams

Monument to camera in Krasnogorsk, Russia

Monument to camera in Krasnogorsk, Russia

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. Author Unknown

Monument to camera in Palanga, Lithuania

Monument to camera in Palanga, Lithuania

The camera can photograph thought. Dirk Bogarde

Monument to photographer and photographing in Vancouver, Canada

Monument to photographer and photographing in Vancouver, Canada

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. Eudora Welty

Monument to photographer in Aachen, Germany

Monument to photographer in Aachen, Germany

The camera can photograph thought. Dirk Bogarde

Monument to photographer in Abakan, Russia

Monument to photographer in Abakan, Russia

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. William Albert Allard, “The Photographic Essay”

Monuments to photographers in Borjomi, Georgia

Monument to photographer in Borjomi, Georgia

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams

Monuments to photographers in California, USA

Monument to photographer in California, USA

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. ~Edward Steichen

Monument to cinematographer on ‘Walk of Fame’ in Hong Kong

Monument to cinematographer on ‘Walk of Fame’ in Hong Kong

Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn’t a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say.

Monuments to photographers in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Monument to photographer in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture. If a photograph looks perishable we say, “Gee, I’m glad I have that moment.” John Loengard, “Pictures Under Discussion”

Monuments to photographers in Minsk, Belarus

Monument to photographer in Minsk, Belarus

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams

Monuments to photographers in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Monument to photographer in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. Richard Avedon

Monuments to photographers in Novosibirsk, Russia

Monument to photographer in Novosibirsk, Russia

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck

Monuments to photographers in Omsk, Russia

Monument to photographer in Omsk, Russia

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera. Lewis Hine

Monuments to photographers in Perm, Russia

Monument to photographer in Perm, Russia

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film. ~Author Unknown

Monuments to photographers in Santa Fe, USA

Monument to photographer in Santa Fe, USA

Photographs that transcend but do not deny their literal situation appeal to me. Sam Abbel

Monuments to photographers in Tbilisi, Georgia

Monument to photographer in Tbilisi, Georgia

A picture is worth a thousand words; a slide show is both. ~Author Unknown

Monuments to photographers in the U.S.

Monument to photographer in the U.S.

One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style. Author Unknown

Monuments to photographers in Ulyanovsk, Russia

Monument to photographer in Ulyanovsk, Russia

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. John Berger

Monuments to photographers in Vancouver, Canada

Monument to photographer in Vancouver, Canada

Monument to photographer in Düsseldorf, Germany

Monument to photographer in Düsseldorf, Germany

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