Herman Melville
[Writer, b. 1819, New York, d. 1891, New York.]

 Almost everybody is having his ‘mug’ engraved nowadays; so that this test of distinction is going to be reversed; and therefore, to see one’s ‘mug’ in a magazine, is presumptive evidence that he’s a nobody... I respectfully decline being oblivionated. 

Pedro Meyer
[Photographer, b. 1935, Madrid, Spain, lives in Mexico City.]

 The photograph as an objective representation of reality simply does not exist. The photograph does not explain to you what is going on to the left or to the right or above or below the frame. Oftentimes, it doesn’t even explain to you what is going on inside the frame. 

Boris Mikhailov
[Photographer, b. 1938, Kharkov, Ukraine, lives in Kharkov and Berlin.]

 When you’re open to life, it responds to you. That is what an intuitive possibility of photography is—to crawl deeper into the depths of life. 

Mariko Mori
[Artist and photographer, b. 1967, Tokyo, Japan, lives in New York.]

 I must create the world in order to breathe in the world; I don’t exist unless I create. 

Abelardo Morell
[b. 1948, Havana, Cuba, lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.]

 It’s important to me to have what I photograph undergo a certain transformation—to become a thing different from what we are used to, to be another version of itself. 

Annette Messager
[Artist, b. 1943, Berck-sur-Mer, France, lives in Paris.]

 I have always believed that somehow the less we reveal the more the other desires to see. 

Charles Moore
[Photographer, b. 1921, Hackleburg, Alabama, d. 2010, Palm Beach, Florida.]

 In Birmingham when I saw the dogs I don’t think anything appalled me more, and I’ve been to Vietnam. I photographed it, and the world rushed in. I realized the power of even one image. 

Martin Munkacsi
[Photographer, b. 1898, Kolozsvár, Hungary, (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania), d. 1963, New York.]

 Never pose your subjects. Let them move about naturally... All great photographs today are snapshots. (1935)