Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America's finest photographers. Since 1974, this native Texan has traveled throughout the world, creating award winning advertising, corporate and editorial photographs, as well as an extensive body of fine art imagery. A three-time winner of Adweek's "Southwest Photographer of the Year" award, he is on Communication World's list of top 10 corporate photographers and was named one of the 30 best advertising photographers by American Photo.
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
There are really no bad days for photography…just different degrees of good.
There are two types of jobs in the world. One where you try to fulfill your dreams - or one where you help others fulfill their dreams. Either job is okay - if it's your dream.
J. Frank Shaffer
To take photographs means to recognize -- simultaneously and within a fraction of a second -- both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.
It’s about time we
started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.
To me, photography
is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in
an ordinary place.... I've found it has little to do with the things
you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
I don't think you can
create luck. You're either lucky or you're not. I don't know if it's
really luck or if it's just curiosity. I think the main ingredient,
or a main ingredient for photography is curiosity. If you're curious
enough and if you get up in the morning and go out and take pictures,
you're likely to be more lucky than if you just stay at home.
My portraits are more
about me than they are about the people I photograph.
Lately I've been struck
with how I really love what you can't see in a photograph.
Chance is always there.
We all use it. The difference is a poor photographer meets chance one
out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the
Above all, I
know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.
My photographs are
not planned or composed in advance and I do not anticipate that the
onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph
leaves an image on his mind--something has been accomplished.
The most important
lens you have is your legs.
I am not interested
in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new.
The camera doesn't
make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing.
But, you have to SEE.
There is only
you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself,
for what we see is what we are.
Available light is
any damn light that is available!
W. Eugene Smith
Hardening of the categories
causes art disease.
W. Eugene Smith
Instead of just recording
reality, photographs have become the norm for the way things appear
to us, thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism.
Seeing is not enough;
you have to feel what you photograph.
...the eye and the
camera see more than the mind knows.
If you are out there
shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll
only hear about it.
It isn't what a picture
is of, it is what it is about.
Photography is a contest
between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual
seeing. The contest can be held anywhere...
Every photo, every 'Once'
in time is also the beginning of a story 'once upon a time.' Every photo
is the first frame of a movie.
And in not learning
the rules, I was free. I always say, you're either defined by the medium
or you redefine the medium in terms of your needs.
The camera is an instrument
that teaches people how to see without a camera.
You can observe a lot
by just watching.