Leni Riefenstahl
[Filmmaker and photographer, b. 1902, Berlin, Germany, d. 2003, Poecking, Germany.]

 Through my optimism I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life. 

Bettina Rheims
[Photographer, b. 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, lives in Paris.]

 I shoot women because I know them…. It’s more exciting for me to penetrate a woman’s mind. It’s like doing a self-portrait. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 Is photography an art? There is no point in trying to find out if it is an art. Art is old-fashioned. We need something else. 

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

 I’d like to briefly state the accomplishment that we expect from a photographer. He must make the person being photographed forget that he has eaten from the tree of knowledge. 

Jean Renoir
[Filmmaker, b. 1894, Paris, France, d. 1979, Beverly Hills, California.]

 I am against great themes and great subjects... You can’t film an idea. The camera is an instrument for recording physical impact. 

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

 To make a photograph is already the first artificial act. 

Ed Ruscha
[Artist, b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska, lives in Los Angeles.]

 Above all, the photographs I use are not “arty” in any sense of the word. I think photography is dead as fine art; its only place is in the commercial world, for technical or information purposes. 

Roberto Rossellini
[Director and writer, b. 1906, Rome, d. 1977, Rome.]

 The camera’s a ballpoint pen, an imbecile; it’s not worth anything if you don’t have anything to say.