Quotation by Jean Szarkowski

The invention of photography provided a radically new picture-making process—a process based not on synthesis but on selection. The difference was a basic one. Paintings were made—constructed from a storehouse of traditional schemes and skills and attitudes—but photographs, as the man on the street put, were taken.
Jean Szarkowski (b. 1925), French photographer, critic. The Photographer's Eye, introduction, Museum of Modern Art (1966).
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