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“Photography opens your eyes a little wider to the world around you.”

 

Bill Jay

“Discussions allow photographers to shuffle their prejudices”

 

Bill Jay

“Photography is inextricably linked with life; the photographer is not invisibly behind the camera but projecting a life-attitude through the lens to create an interference pattern with the image. Who he is, what he believes, not only becomes important to know intellectually, but also becomes revealed emotionally and visibly through a body of work.”

 

Bill Jay

“Advice to artists: always take the opportunity to shut up.”

 

Bill Jay

“A photograph is a picture and no more true or false than any other depiction; why is that so hard to comprehend?”

 

Bill Jay

“I agree, intellectualism in photography is overrated. I just wish it could be replaced by common sense.”

 

Bill Jay

“Why do photographers photograph? To make unreality visible.”

 

Bill Jay

“Words of wisdom for every photographer: ‘Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking’. So said Goethe.”

 

Bill Jay

“If you cannot think of anything to say that is useful or enlightening about your images, then don’t say anything. There are plenty of other people who would love to put words in your mouth.”

 

Bill Jay

“Museum collections have given photography rigor, and mortis.”

 

Bill Jay

“If you are intent on drawing or painting on your prints, you must first learn to draw and paint at least as well as you photograph.”

 

Bill Jay

“If it is not an interesting picture when in focus, it is not going to be a better picture out of focus.”

 

Bill Jay

“At exhibition openings always praise the chicken for laying eggs; you can wring its neck later.”

 

Bill Jay

“When you can’t think of anything else, photograph graffiti, nudes, or plants.”

 

Bill Jay

“…the subject, the thing itself, is the genesis of all types of photography.”

 

Bill Jay

“I talk a lot about photography. It’s cheap becuase my supply always exceeds demand.”

 

Bill Jay

“I appreciate photographs which celebrate harmony. I don’t particularly want to look at chaos. I see enough of that at home.”

 

Bill Jay

“There are many reasons why photography does not attract the social and cultural attention it deserves. I would add one more which has received scant attention: it does not make a lot of noise. … Perhaps photography would be more appreciated if camera shutters fired with the sound of a .357 Magnum.”

 

Bill Jay

“True, there are photographers who are failed artists, but so are most artists.”

 

Bill Jay