Alfred Stieglitz
[Photographer and curator, b. 1864, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946, New York.]

 I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth is my obsession. (1921) 
 Every Tom, Dick and Harry could, without trouble, learn how to get something or other on a sensitive plate, and this is what the public wanted—no work and lots of fun. Thanks to the efforts of these persons hand camera and bad work became synonymous. (1897) 
 The camera was waiting for me by predestination and I took to it as a musician takes to the piano or a painter to the canvas. I went to photography really a free soul—and loved it at first sight with a great passion. 
 My own camera is of the simplest pattern and has never left me in the lurch, although it has had some tough handling in wind and storm… a shutter working at a speed of one-fourth to one-twenty-fifth of a second will answer all purposes. Microscopic sharpness is of no pictorial value. (1897) 
 I would rather be a first-class photographer in a community of first class photographers, than the greatest photographer in a community of nonentities. 
 Something happens, it’s a thousandth part of a fleeting second. It’s up to the photographer to capture that on film, because like a dying day, the thing will never come back again. (Quoted by Weegee, 1958) 
 I am at last photographing again... It is straight... No sentimentalism. Not old nor new—It is so sharp you can see the [pores] in a face—& yet it is abstract. 
 My photographs do not lend themselves to reproduction. The very qualities that give them their life would be completely lost in reproduction. The quality of touch in its deepest living sense is inherent in my photographs. When that sense of touch is lost, the heartbeat of the photograph is extinct—dead. My interest is in the living. That is why I cannot give permission to reproduce my photographs. 
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