Gloria Swanson (by Edward Steichen, 1924)

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“La fotografía es un medio de contradicciones formidables. Es a la vez ridículamente fácil y casi imposiblemente difícil. Es fácil, porque sus rudimentos técnicos pueden ser fácilmente dominados por cualquier persona con unas sencillas instrucciones. Es difícil porque, mientras que el artista que trabaja en cualquier otro medio comienza con una superficie en blanco y trae gradualmente su concepción a la existencia, el fotógrafo es el único creador de imágenes que comienza con la imagen completa. Sus emociones, sus conocimientos y su talento nativo se coloca en el enfoque y se fija más allá de recordar el momento en que el obturador de su cámara se ha cerrado.” – Edward Steichen

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“Photography is a medium of formidable contradictions. It is both ridiculously easy and almost impossibly difficult. It is easy because its technical rudiments can readily be mastered by anyone with a few simple instructions. It is difficult because, while the artist working in any other medium begins with a blank surface and gradually brings his conception into being, the photographer is the only imagemaker who begins with the picture completed. His emotions, his knowledge, and his native talent are brought into focus and fixed beyond recall the moment the shutter of his camera has closed.” – Edward Steichen

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