"Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Edward Steichen on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Edward Steichen on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Edward Steichen on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Edward Steichen on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Edward Steichen on Oscar Wilde
"When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration."
"Photography is a major force in explaining man to man."
"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man."
"I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself."
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