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. 

Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum)
[Writer, b. 1905, Saint Petersburg, Russia, d. 1982, New York.]

 Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. 

Jacob Riis
[Photographer and reformer, b. 1849, Denmark, d. 1914, Barre, Massachusetts.]

 I do not want [photography] explained to me in terms of... formulas, learned, but so hopelessly unsatisfying. I do not want my butterfly stuck on a pin and put in a glass case. I want to see the sunlight on its wings as it flits from flower to flower and I don’t care a rap what its Latin name may be. 

Wilhelm Röntgen
[Physicist, b. 1845, Lennep, Germany, d. 1923, Weilheim, Germany.]

 For me photography was the means to the end, but they made it the most important thing. (On the discovery of X-ray photography.) 

Martha Rosler
[Artist, b. 1943, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 The question at hand is the danger posed to truth by computer-manipulated photographic imagery. How do we approach this question in a period in which the veracity of even the straight, unmanipulated photograph has been under attack for a couple of decades. 

Thomas Ruff
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]

 I received my training at an art academy, so what I produce is art. That’s what is artistic about my photographs. 

Dieter Roth
[Artist, b. 1930, Hannover, Germany, d. 1998, Basel, Switzerland.]

 An eyewitness account is evidence that an artist has proposed a work of art. But documentary evidence (i.e. a photograph) is more conclusive. 

Albert Renger-Patzsch
[Artist, b. 1897, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, d. 1966, Wamel Dorf, Über Soest, West Germany.]

 Let us... leave art to the artists, and let us try to use the medium of photography to create photographs that can endure because of their photographic qualities.