“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” ― A.A. Milne
“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” ― Sylvia Plath
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
“I live in my dreams — that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.” ― Hermann Hesse, Demian
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank
“On the train: staring hypnotized at the blackness outside the window, feeling the incomparable rhythmic language of the wheels, clacking out nursery rhymes, summing up moments of the mind like the chant of a broken record: god is dead, god is dead. going, going, going. and the pure bliss of this, the erotic rocking of the coach. France splits open like a ripe fig in the mind; we are raping the land, we are not stopping.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!” ― Auguste Rodin
“I frequently found subjects to photograph when I passed Trafalgar Square with my camera.” (Wolfgang Suschitzky)
Wolfgang Suschitzky, who celebrated his 100th birthday last year, is a photographer and cinematographer born as son of a socialist bookseller in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is the younger brother of Edith Tudor-Hart, also an amazing photographer, and the father of cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, and Misha Donat, classical musician and writer.
When the Austrofascist movement took over in 1934, Suschitzky fled to the Netherlands. But thanks to lucky circumstances, he moved on to London. In the beginning he struggled to make ends meet, while occasionally assisting his much more successful sister.
When he was given the opportunity to become a cameraman for documentaries, he was able to start a successful career as a cinematographer. He worked on more than 200 films and was involved in ‘The Bespoke Overcoat’, a short, which received an Oscar in 1956. His most famous film works are ‘Get Carter’ (1971), a movie with Michael Caine, and the film version of the James Joyce book ‘Ulysses’ (1967).
During his years in the movie and television industry, Suschitzky kept his Hasselblad by his side and took thousands of still photos. His photographs reflect the distinct eyes of a documentarian combined with a poetic sensibility and the enthusiasm of a progressive mind. A man who saw his work as a valuable political tool, and as an instrument for learning. He did not consider any rules or any conventional wisdom when framing his objects.
“Composition is not a matter of rules,” he said. “It‘s a matter of taste.” (+)
“Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.” (Walker Evans)
“I feel I’ve done my part. I think I contributed something, in whatever way I did. I’m at peace in that respect.” (Manuel Álvarez Bravo)
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