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Berenice Abbott
July 17, 1898 - December 9, 1991
Nationality: American
Category: Photographer
Subcategory: American Photographer

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.


Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.


The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.


Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.


I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it.


The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.


There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.


Photography helps people to see.


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