Willy Ronis
[Photographer, b. 1910, Montmartre, Paris, d. 2009, Paris.]

 We do not see what is “real,” we see what we are. 

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

 Yes, there’s a certain power to a photograph. The camera has a way of disorienting a person, if it wants to and, for me, when it disorients, it’s got real value. 

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. 

Oscar Rejlander
[Photographer, b. 1817, Sweden, d. 1875, London.]

 [Photography] is fair, open, and aboveboard. There is no sham about it—no pretensions to anything that is not desirable. And the world wouldn’t be without it, in all its branches—including the one I most practice, art-studies and details from the life. Though to me this branch of the art is unprofitable, yet it gives me pleasure. I live in it, if not by it. (1863) 

Arnulf Rainer
[Artist, b. 1929, Baden, Austria, lives in Enzenkirchen, Austria.]

 In 1968 I frequently would sit in a photo booth and practice self mirror images which I then documented photographically. Curious types would always open the curtains and chase me away. Today I work with a photographer. 

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

 Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. 

Herb Ritts
[Photographer, b. 1952, Los Angeles, d. 2002, Los Angeles.]

 Today a lot of things are so celebrity-oriented; it’s only because it’s celebrity and the photograph is lost. To me it’s important to have an image that is a photograph first, not about necessarily who that person is. 

Lou Reed
[Musician, b. 1942, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2013, Southampton, New York.]

 To wish for the crazy times one last time and freeze it in the memory of a camera is the least a great artist can do.