"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
Dorothea Lange, quoted in: Los Angeles Times (
"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind."
"The good photograph is not the object,
the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say,
how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things
"That's the first day I ever made a photograph actually on the street. I put it on the wall of my studio and customers, people whom I was making portraits of would come in and glance at them. And the only comment I ever got was, 'What are you going to do with this kind of thing?' I didn't know. But I knew that picture was on my wall, and I knew that it was worth doing."
Source: The City Web,
"A few quotes from Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life"