John Gossage
[Photographer, b. 1946, Staten Island, New York, lives in Washington D.C..]

 Photography has always been a simple medium, compared to painting in oil or chipping at marble. 

E. L. Doctorow
[Writer, b. 1931, New York, lives in New York.]

 I worry about images. Images are what things mean. 

Shirin Neshat
[Artist, photographer, and filmmaker, b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran, lives in New York.]

 Beautiful woman wrapped in chadors, with huge machine guns in their hands. Brilliant, shocking, amazingly contradictory images. They compelled me to deeply investigate these ideas. 

Fredric Jameson
[Writer and theoretician, b. 1934, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Durham, North Carolina.]

 The visual is essentially pornographic, which is to say that it has its end in rapt, mindless fascination. 

Alberto Korda
[Photographer, b. 1928, Havana, Cuba, d. 2001, Paris.]

 I remember it as if it were today... seeing him [Che] framed in the viewfinder, with that expression. I am still startled by the impact... it shakes me so powerfully. (On his iconic photo of Che Guevara) 

René Burri
[Photographer, b. 1933, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 2014, Zurich.]

 A digital camera has to be kept in check like a racehorse. 

William Butler Yeats
[Poet and mystic, b. 1865, Dublin, Ireland, d. 1939, Menton, France.]

 The visible world is no longer a reality and the unseen world no longer a dream. 

Massimo Vitali
[Photographer, b. 1944, Como, Italy, lives in Lucca, Italy.]

 As a photographer you have to do things you don’t want to.