Anton Corbijn Quotes

 

Analog is more beautiful than digital, really, but we go for comfort.

— Anton Corbijn

I don’t want to continue to do what I did when I was 20. I would like to continue to develop myself and not continue to hang around with bands.

— Anton Corbijn

I’ve finally become an old guy.

— Anton Corbijn

I’ve gotten used to not looking too far into the future; it’s best when you can begin each day anew.

— Anton Corbijn

I’m not famous; I am simply very well-known to certain people. Famous is something different.

— Anton Corbijn

With a film, you try to keep your vision in it. I think with ‘The American’ and ‘Control’ I managed to do that.

— Anton Corbijn

The really simple approach to photography is a great balance to making the films.

— Anton Corbijn

I have never understood models. I find it really hard to find beauty in that or to discover beauty because the beauty was so obvious.

— Anton Corbijn

Generally my focus has been on people who make things, whether it’s writers or directors or painters or musicians.

— Anton Corbijn

I do have an ego, but I acknowledge the help I get.

— Anton Corbijn

Once you make decisions, you can’t go back, but in photography, that process can continue. With film, you have to eliminate all the possibilities and make the one possibility work the best for you, so you have to become very creative with the direction you’ve chosen.

— Anton Corbijn

I only make storyboards for action scenes. Once you make a storyboard, you don’t film; it can be a stiff move.

— Anton Corbijn

I didn’t make music videos in order to make a movie. Music videos were the goal for me, so it was never a step to something else. I approached it seriously.

— Anton Corbijn

You always want to come back with an image that’s interesting visually, and you hope to get something from the person you photograph that’s different than other images you know of these people.

— Anton Corbijn

I don’t have lights, I don’t have assistants, I just go and meet somebody and take a photograph. That’s really basic, and that’s how I used to work when I was 17 or 18 in Holland.

— Anton Corbijn

‘Control’ had to do with my own life a lot, and that’s why that seemed to be a film I could be the director of, because I had an emotional attachment to the whole story. And because of that experience, I feel that I can try other films. I didn’t set out to become a director.

— Anton Corbijn

Mandela is just the eternal man. You want that man to be around forever. It’s the closest thing we have to God, I think. He’s the father of mankind, almost.

— Anton Corbijn

I didn’t really know how to make a film when I made ‘Control’. I had to create my own language, just as I did when I started taking photographs. I never studied either one.

— Anton Corbijn

Directing film is the hardest thing I have ever done.

— Anton Corbijn

I don’t like fast editing.

— Anton Corbijn

I love body language.

— Anton Corbijn

For many years I wanted to do a film, but I never had the courage to clear my desk and say, ‘OK I’ll take a year off and do a film.’

— Anton Corbijn

I’m not educated as a filmmaker, so it’s quite a jump for me.

— Anton Corbijn

If you’re an artist, it’s OK to put your money into your art. The advantage, in hindsight, is that you become the film, and the film becomes you; you breathe it.

— Anton Corbijn

My photography changed from being more documentary-like to arranging things more, and that came into being partly because I started doing music videos, and I incorporated some things from the music videos into my photography again, by arranging things more.

— Anton Corbijn

I think if you don’t feel passionate about the first movie you’re doing, in the end the project will lack something because you don’t have enough experience to make the movie something special.

— Anton Corbijn

A lot of scripts that I was given I didn’t feel were right for me, because I didn’t feel anything for them – I didn’t feel like I was going to change in life and start directing.

— Anton Corbijn

There’s only one music video that had an emotional impact on me, and that’s ‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash. That’s exceptional. There is no music video I can think of apart from that one that really reaches you inside.

— Anton Corbijn

There’s a lot about records that you cannot feel from a CD.

— Anton Corbijn

There are some elements of digital photography that I don’t really like, such as the fact that you see the results immediately.

— Anton Corbijn

I’ve always thought photography was a bit of an adventure, so to come home with the film, develop it, then look at the results has more of a sense of excitement.

— Anton Corbijn

I never really enjoyed getting a portfolio together then sending it out; whereas, putting up the website is quite an enjoyable experience. The net’s just a much faster and more modern way to distribute things, and you have to embrace it.

— Anton Corbijn

When I was younger, I’d buy a vinyl album, take it home and live with it, and I think that attachment’s largely gone for the file-sharing generation.

— Anton Corbijn

When you make a movie, you know you’re making a long-form thing, so the visuals are different than for a video where it has to be more obvious or in your face, I think, a little bit.

— Anton Corbijn

I’m not totally blind to the fact that I like people to see my work, but if it’s not something I would enjoy seeing in a magazine, then I think I shouldn’t be making it. I think that I don’t represent only myself, I represent more people; I mean, if I like it, then I think more people will like it because I think I’m quite a normal guy.

— Anton Corbijn

My world is much bigger than music, and that’s why I always fight the ‘rock’ label.

— Anton Corbijn

I wanted to do a film for a while, but I never found a script that I felt I was going to be the right person for; because if you’ve never made a film, you’re not taught how to make a film, and you feel like you lack skills.

— Anton Corbijn

I wanted to move away from Holland for my work because I felt that things would be better for me in England. But when I heard Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’, that pushed me towards making the move and making it real. I met them within 12 days of moving to England.

— Anton Corbijn

In England, I’m already labeled a rock photographer, which is a little insulting, because I’m not a rock photographer at all.

— Anton Corbijn

It’s so easy for people to stick a label on you, and then that taints everything you touch.

— Anton Corbijn

The only advantage of the CD is that you have a booklet that can tell a bit of a story, but the little covers are just boring. I love vinyl, and I have loads of it. It’s the same thing as digital photography versus film photography. It’s a quality thing.

— Anton Corbijn

I don’t want to knock photography, and I don’t feel that film is up there but photography isn’t. I think they’re next to each other really, you know. There’s an incredible strength to a still picture. Or there can be an incredible strength to a still picture that can outlive you. That can outlive a film.

— Anton Corbijn

If you make something with love and, you know, passion and you tell a real story, I think it will always find an audience somehow, you know.

— Anton Corbijn

I wanted to make a film as an artist, and it’s going to have to find an audience, you know. I don’t know how big the audience will be.

— Anton Corbijn

I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.

— Anton Corbijn

I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so it’s representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.

— Anton Corbijn

I happen to take photographs, and they happen to be used for a lot of things, but they’re not really made to order. They’re paid for, but they’re not made for order. I’ve never really done real commercial work.

— Anton Corbijn

I had no agent, and I was getting approached by so many people that I tried to escape for a while because I couldn’t believe that world. Photography is not an industry, and suddenly an industry came to me, so I sort of had to accept it in the end and get an agent.

— Anton Corbijn

With photography, you are lucky if you get people to look at your pictures at some point. There’s no formal way to show them.

— Anton Corbijn

I have such a love of good music that I find even melancholic music uplifting. Maybe I’m a rare breed.

— Anton Corbijn

Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design.

— Anton Corbijn

My life changed incredibly when I moved from Holland to England.

— Anton Corbijn

Working with actors is something I’ve never done before. I find it tremendous. It’s hard work.

— Anton Corbijn

Film was something that I didn’t see as a step up from music videos, though obviously, music videos, the fact that you work with a crew and a film camera, are the closest to film I’ve ever been. That is the only schooling I’ve ever had.

— Anton Corbijn

My first pictures are from 1972, and my first proper camera dates back to 1973. During the first year I used my father’s camera. It had a flash on it, which I don’t like, but I didn’t know anything about photography back then, so it was just what I did.

— Anton Corbijn

In 1979, I moved to England and photographed Joy Division and Bowie and Beefheart. At that time I got images that I felt had that special, well – power is a big word to say – more like intimacy and ambition that outlasted the photo shoot. I felt that they would have a longer life.

— Anton Corbijn

I feel a responsibility to myself, and not so much for the world at large. Because of my Calvinistic upbringing, I was trained to think that what you do has to have a purpose.

— Anton Corbijn

I photograph artists, and some of them are very well known, but if you ask the average man on the street, ‘Do you like Anselm Kiefer?’ He would stare at you with a blank stare, because these are not celebrities. They are celebrated in a specific circle.

— Anton Corbijn

For me N.M.E. was a very big thing. When I first came to the United Kingdom I started taking pictures for them and I became their main photographer for five years, and that’s really been the basis of everything I’ve been doing since.

— Anton Corbijn

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