D. A. Pennebaker Quotes

You can’t point a camera at someone and find out what’s in their head. But it does the next best thing – it lets you speculate.

I would never say no to anything that sounded interesting! The thing I like about making films is that the adventure just begins when you pick up the camera.

I guess I think that films have to be made totally by fascists — there’s no room for democracy in making film.

After love, the most sacred gift you can give is your labor.

D A Pennebaker

…candid still photography had taken over… What was interesting was that the photographs came without any intention of instructing you… You’re like a cat looking out the window. You don’t have to even know what you’re watching, but you’re watching it, and you’re watching it very accurately.

We’re a family operation. There’s not many of us. We have a couple people who come from time to time who work with us. Two of my sons are themselves filmmakers, and we can’t afford them nor they us.

I think nowadays people are so used taking the camera to the family picnic – so people are less surprised by films made of them, like home movies.