“To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy… As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.” —Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson’s...
“A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH seems to arrest time. It permits the viewer to be ‘born to the instant’—the Now. In a great photograph the image is never static, whether it be a leaf, a child’s head, a dancer in motion— it is all vibrant with Life…. This seems to me to be the essential greatness of Barbara Morgan’s photographic images—initial honesty, tireless skill, and reverence for life makes her essential greatness.” —Martha Graham Barbara Morgan’s Letter to the World illustrates photography’s ability...