Photographer's Note

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. - Alfred Stieglitz

I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing. - Alfred Stieglitz

Wherever there is light, one can photograph. - Alfred Stieglitz

...the goal of art was the vital expression of self. - Alfred Stieglitz

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art; but granted that it is an art, reliance should be placed unreservedly upon those possibilities, that they may be made to yield the fullest results. - Alfred Stieglitz -

Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs. As a matter of fact nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur* is one who works for love; and viewed in this light the incorrectness of the popular classification is readily apparent. - Alfred Stieglitz -

It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes 'art' in time. - Alfred Stieglitz

I do not object to retouching, dodging. or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique. - Alfred Stieglitz

Alfread Stieglitz was once asked: "how does a photographer learn?" He answered without even a second’s hesitation: "By looking". - Alfred Stieglitz -

Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs. A smudge in “gum” has less value from an aesthetic point of view that an ordinary tintype. - Alfred Stieglitz -

* An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, "lover") is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science without formal training, also referred to as an autodidact.

** ** Taken: in Old Ladadika Thessaloniki's
The Ladadika district, close to the port, is an authentic and unspoiled part of the city’s history. The renovated buildings give one the sense of another time, while the many tavernas, cafés, bars and clubs offer a wide range of leisure options – some relaxed, some busier and more intense in their atmosphere.

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