I believe that the truly creative periods are those when you live with intensity

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I don’t know what’s important to the people who look at my photos. What’s important to me is to make them. I work all the time, but there are only a few of my photos that I find really good. I am not even sure that I am really a good photographer. I think that anyone working as I do could do the same. But my purpose is not to prove my talent. I photograph almost every day, except when it’s too cold for traveling the way I do – as in this time of winter. Sometimes my photos are OK, other times they are not, but I think that eventually something will come out of my work. I don’t worry about it.

–Josef Koudelka

via A Photo Student

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  1. Back when I was studying photography, the informal rule of thumb was to get one good shot per roll (dark ages) of 36… No instant feedback or review. In a way, it was like Christmas all over every time I developed a roll. I never knew what I would see. In a way, I miss those days…but only occasionally.

  2. Horvat did a whole series of interviews with different photographers. I printed them all out from Horvat’s website including Koudelka’s a few years back.

  3. Great interviews. I am reminded of a trait I share with Joseph, I am always looking, always have a camera with me. I am thrilled when I see something that I really like when shooting landscapes and sunsets.

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