Norman Corwin quote

"Photography is to the layman perhaps the most enticing art. As a buff and a follower, at a respectful distance, I find myself like others, having the heart of a Steiglitz with hands that sometimes seem impeded by boxing gloves. What is exasperating is that one can feel closer to managing the skills of photography than most other arts, and yet be a long hop, skip and delusional way from it."

Norman Corwin

Born: May 3, 1910

Die: October 18, 2011

Occupation: Writer

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