Larry Fink
[Photographer, b. 1941, Brooklyn, New York, lives in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania.]

 My picture-making process is not so much about making a photograph as it is about paying extreme attention to what I’m most attracted to, what is drawing my interest. For the most part, I’m hyperstimulated at all times; my life is a massive run-on sentence of stimulation. 

Marshall McLuhan
[Writer and theorist, b. 1911, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, d. 1980, Toronto, Canada.]

 Nobody can commit photography alone. 

Hippolyte Bayard
[Photographer, b. 1801, Breteuil-sur-Noye, France, d. 1887, Nemours, France.]

 The corpse which you see here is that of M. Bayard, inventor of the process that has just been shown to you. As far as I know this indefatigable experimenter has been occupied for about three years with his discovery. The Government, which has been only too generous to Monsieur Daguerre, has said it can do nothing for Monsieur Bayard, and the poor wretch has drowned himself. Oh the vagaries of human life...! (1840, written on his self-portrait as a drowned man made after he was beaten to the announcement of the discovery of photography by Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre.) 

Claude Lanzmann
[Filmmaker, b. 1925, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 I think that no one human being would have been able to look at [a hypothetical photographic record of the Nazi gassing of Jews]… I would have preferred to destroy it. It is not visible. 

Jan Dibbets
[Artist, b. 1941, Weert, The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam.]

 The documentation about the work isn’t of real importance to me either. I’ve done lots of works without taking photographs. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 The photograph is the only picture that can truly convey information, even if it is technically faulty and the object can barely be identified. A painting of a murder is of no interest whatever; but a photograph of a murder fascinates everyone. 

Annie Sprinkle (Ellen Steinberg)
[Artist, writer, pornographer, educator, b. 1954, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Santa Cruz, California.]

 I always knew I’d be some kind of artist. I thought I’d be an art teacher. In fact, I am an art teacher. When I went into porn, I thought, Oh I’ll never be an art teacher. But I’m hired now as an artist because I went into porn. But I don’t make regular porn anymore. I make post-porn, post-porn modernism... 

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
[Political leader and thinker, b. 1869, Porbandar, Gujarat, India, d. 1948, New Delhi, India.]

 I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.