You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

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Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular … sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.