” I don’t see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary. I see them simply as people in front of my lens. “


” I realise that I had the best of serious picture journalism. There was an innocence in our approach, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when we naively believed that by holding a mirror up to the world we could help – no matter how little – to make people aware of the human condition. “


” I look for a sense of reality with everything I did. I didn’t work in a studio, I didn’t light anything. I found a way of working which pleased me because I didn’t have to frighten people with heavy equipment. It was that little black box and me and £5 worth of film in my pocket or maybe it was only £2 in those days. “


” What has changed is that when I photographed, most people that I photographed didn’t have the right of refusal on their work. It would take a Marilyn Monroe at her height to be able to dictate that. “


” If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. “


” What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing… if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph. “


” If you are careful with people, they will offer you part of themselves. That is the big secret. “


” If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images. “



All 8 Eve Arnold Quotes about People in picture


I don
I realise that I had the best of serious picture journalism. There was an innocence in our approach, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when we naively believed that by holding a mirror up to the world we could help - no matter how little - to make people aware of the human condition.


I look for a sense of reality with everything I did. I didn
What has changed is that when I photographed, most people that I photographed didn
If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given.
What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing... if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph.
If you are careful with people, they will offer you part of themselves. That is the big secret.
If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images.
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