Minor White
[Photographer, writer, and theorist, b. 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota, d. 1976, Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 To see through, not merely with, the eye, to perceive with the inner eye, and by an act of choice to capture the essence of that perception. This is the very core of the creative process. 
 The camera is first a means of self-discovery and a means of self-growth. The artist has one thing to say—himself. 
 When I looked at things for what they are I was fool enough to persist in my folly and found that each photograph was a mirror of my Self. 
 Camera and eye are together a time machine with which the mind and human being can do the same kind of violence to time and space as dreams. 
 I am always mentally photographing everything as practice. 
 There’s no particular class of photograph that I think is any better than any other class. I’m always and forever looking for the image that has spirit! I don’t give a damn how it got made. 
 Let the subject generate its own photographs. Become a camera. 
 One should photograph objects, not only for what they are but for what else they are. 
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