Arthur Meyerson

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Arthur Meyerson

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.

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You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
Bob Dylan

I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.
Jack Kerouac

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

There are really no bad days for photography…just different degrees of good.
Anonymous

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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.
Elliott Erwitt

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.
Elliott Erwitt

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.
Elliott Erwitt

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
Richard Avedon

Lately I've been struck with how I really love what you can't see in a photograph.
Diane Arbus

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 time.
Brassai

Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.
Robert Frank

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.
Robert Frank

The most important lens you have is your legs.
Ernst Haas

I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new.
Ernst Haas

The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.
Ernst Haas

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
Ernst Haas

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.
Susan Sontag

Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.
Andre Kertesz

...the eye and the camera see more than the mind knows.
Nathan Lyons

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.
Jay Maisel

It isn't what a picture is of, it is what it is about.
John Szarkowski

Photography is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere...
John Szarkowski

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.
Wim Wenders

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.
Duane Michals

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
Dorothea Lange

You can observe a lot by just watching.
Yogi Berra