Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process. 
 For photography is a way to capture the moment—not just any moment, but the important one, this one moment out of all time when your subject is revealed to the fullest—that moment of perfection which comes once and is not repeated. 
 Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. 
 The world is full of sloppy bohemians and their work betrays them. 
 What have I, that brings these many women to offer themselves to me? I do not go out of my way seeking them,—I am not a stalwart virile male, exuding sex, nor am I the romantic mooning poet type some love, nor the dashing Don Juan bent on conquest. 
 Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer’s ability to understand his fellow man. 
 I am having another reaction, from my statement that I could go through life with one woman! Ridiculous thought! Imagine never again having the thrill of courting,—the conquest,—new lips to find,—new bodies to caress. It would be analogous to making my last print, nailing it to the wall forever, seeing it there, until I would despise it or no longer notice it was there. 
 The lens reveals more than the eye sees. Then why not use this potentiality to advantage? (1928) 
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