But what about the training, you will say, that has made the seizing of the momentary vision possible? It is, let me tell you, no easy thing to acquire, and necessitates years of practice and something of the instinctive quality that makes a good marksman. Just think of the combination of knowledge and sureness of vision that was required to make possible Stieglitz’s “Winter on Fifth Avenue.” If you call it a “glorified snapshot” you must remember that life has much of this same quality. We are comets across the sky of eternity”.
Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1882-1966