Ben Shahn Quotes & Sayings

28 most famous Ben Shahn quotes and sayings (artist). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Ben Shahn Quotes
“An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“I felt very strongly the whole social impact of that depression, you know, and I felt very strongly about the efforts that this Resettlement Administration was trying to accomplish; resettling people, helping them, and so on.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“I became interested in photography when I found my own sketching was inadequate.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more control over my own medium than I did over photography.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've had with my work and it's impossible to say, you know.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all, I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills. I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals, propaganda in general, you know.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“Of course I realize that photography is not the technical facility as much as it is the eye, and this decision that one makes for the moment at which you are going to snap, you know.”
“When you talk about war on poverty it doesn't mean very much; but if you can show to some degree this sort of thing then you can show a great deal more of how people are living and a very great percentage of our people today.”
Ben Shahn Quotes
“In '38, this time I did a job for Mr. Stryker. I went on his payroll at about half the salary I was getting before, to cover what he called Harvest in Ohio.”
“Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people. I couldn't get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture.”

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