“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”

Art of Quotation

“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”

— Elliott Erwitt, photographer. Art Quotes Art.


Two paintings by Goya. At the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. Goya painted a nude version and a clothed version. How many would notice this social interaction — a completely different audience for each painting of the exact same woman and same pose? Erwitt did I guess by…. noticing.

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” … I felt like a painter, yet I couldn’t make paintings.”

Art of Quotation

“I thought, enough of this, I’m not an abstract painter, what the hell am I going to do? Should I get a job in a shoe store, sell real estate, or what? I was really depressed by the whole thing, because I felt like a painter, yet I couldn’t make paintings.”

Ralph Goings, painter, photorealist painter


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“…the utterly simple prescription for creativity; be intensely yourself.”

Art of Quotation

“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity; be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at- just please yourself.”

— Ralph Steiner, photographer

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“[photographers] look at you to get a better look at themselves… “

Art of Quotation

“[photographers] look at you to get a better look at themselves.

Didn’t you know that an essential piece of the camera is the mirror installed inside the casing?”

— Stacy Platt, writer, educator, photographer. From an article on the Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase” titled The Art of Losing Love, pt.1 : Words on Masahisa Fukase

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Guardian: Genius of Masahisa Fukase

The autobiographical artist Masahisa Fukase remained institutionalized the last 20 years of his life after a traumatic accident. Only now are his photographs becoming available outside of Japan after lengthy copyright battles. Considered a singularly innovative and influential photographer he grabbed the world’s attention with his publication of his first international photo book “The Solitude of Ravens”.

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“I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.”

Art of Quotation

“I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.”

— Maya Lin, architect


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“Yes, Cezanne, he is the greatest of us all… I felt a pygmy at the foot of a giant”

Art of Quotation

“Yes, Cezanne, he is the greatest of us all… I felt a pygmy at the foot of a giant”

“Yes, Cezanne, he is the greatest of us all,” Monet once declared. Whenever his work was not going well, he was forced to drape his Cezannes, unable to work in the presence of such genius. “I felt a pygmy at the foot of a giant,” he once explained.

— Claude Monet, French, painter.
On the painter Paul Cezanne.
From “Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Paintings of the Water Lilies” by Ross King, English writer.

And what you may ask did Paul Cezanne think of Monet?



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