RIP Lord Snowdon – New quote I LOVE: None of my photographs are great photographs …

New addition to Quotes I LOVE:

None of my photographs are great photographs – they’re just pictures that hopefully record a moment to make you laugh, or smile, and sometimes cry.” – Lord Snowdon

Remembering Lord Snowdon (born Antony Armstrong-Jones) who passed away today. “Hong Kong: Portraits of Power” is one of my favourite books of portraits since 1995. #RIP


We’ve met two of Lord Snowdon’s Hong Kong subjects in Calgary over the years. Ms Anson Chan and Mr Martin Lee were both nice in person. We’ve even got to know Martin a bit more with his multiple visits to Calgary.



Guardian, “Lord Snowdon obituary” (with video) [K’s note: Oh dear, this is an extremely juicy obit, a lot of gossips and details!)

Guardian, “Lord Snowdon, royal photographer, dies aged 86

//Snowdon, born Antony Armstrong-Jones, was one of the UK’s best-known photographers for more than 50 years.
He was already established as a fashion photographer when he met and married Margaret in 1960, choosing to be the 1st Earl of Snowdon, after his favourite mountain.
The marriage meant he too was a member of the royal family, giving him a cachet which helped him become, in effect, the official photographer of the 1960s establishment. The list of who Snowdon photographed is staggering, being more or less anybody who was anybody.[…]

Although highly regarded as a photographer, Snowdon was modest about his abilities, once telling the Guardian: “None of my photographs are great photographs – they’re just pictures that hopefully record a moment to make you laugh, or smile, and sometimes cry.

Nor was he one for technology. “I’m not remotely interested in lenses and all that, so I’m buggered if I’m going to explain the technical details behind this picture. I’ll just say I never think about flash. Bugger flash. Nor do I use digital things. I don’t understand them and I don’t want to.”

The process of taking a picture should be simple, with the subject more important than the photographer, he believed. “I think a photographer should be a chameleon, or a fly on the wall. I want to be invisible when I’m wandering about. That’s why my camera is very small. The photographer himself is unimportant.”//

Guardian, “Lord Snowdon: more than just a flatterer of the fashionable and famous

#HenriCartierBresson //Whether photographing the royals among whom he moved, or the likes of the young and radical Germaine Greer, his images are characterised by a certain distance that can make them seem altogether less captivating when compared to the work of his biggest influence, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and positively tame when contrasted with the starker portraits of his contemporaries Richard Avedon and David Bailey.// https

Simply wow. Guardian, “Lord Snowdon – a career photographing the stars

Ref: Beautiful pix. Guardian, “David Bowie portrait in Snowdon show

Guardian, “Lord Snowdon was modest about his talent, recalled his friend John Mortimer

“Tony Snowdon was a talented, modest and ingenious man who bore his royal connections with dignity and managed to escape from them intact. His polio may have contributed to the feeling that he was alone, even among a crowd of friendly people, and to his modesty, the false but sincerely meant description of himself as an “unimportant person”, and his lifelong interest in inventing devices for, and helping, disabled people.

At Eton he perfected a gadget, made of an electric wire and a piece of slate, to help fags make toast for the older boys – and was beaten for saving the fags trouble. In later life he produced devices for wheelchairs and hearing aids.

His interest in photography came, he said, from his liking for gadgets. Thanks to £100 from his father, he became an apprentice of the society photographer Baron, who later paid him £2.15 a week as an assistant.”

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