David Salle
[Artist, b. 1952, Norman, Oklahoma, lives in New York and Bridgehampton, Long Island.]

 The pictures present an improvised view of life as normal. Life is shown as we think we see it but in fact never do. The pictures imitate life to find a way out. 

Homer Simpson
[Cartoon character, b. 1987, Tracey Ullman Show, lives in Springfield.]

 How do you want your comeuppance? Eight by ten or wallet size? (As a vengeful paparazzo) 

Ralph Steiner
[Photographer, b. 1899, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire.]

 I say to young photographers, “What in God’s name are you doing, taking a picture of a tree or a mountain? That’s crazy! What you should do is take a person by the hand and show him the tree or the mountain itself. Why show him a stupid picture? It’s flat and it’s tiny compared to the mountain. The mountain is magnificent and has power ...” 

Annie Sprinkle (Ellen Steinberg)
[Artist, writer, pornographer, educator, b. 1954, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Santa Cruz, California.]

 I always knew I’d be some kind of artist. I thought I’d be an art teacher. In fact, I am an art teacher. When I went into porn, I thought, Oh I’ll never be an art teacher. But I’m hired now as an artist because I went into porn. But I don’t make regular porn anymore. I make post-porn, post-porn modernism... 

Julius Shulman
[Photographer, b. 1910, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2009, Los Angeles.]

 I sell architecture better and more directly and more vividly than the architect does... The average architect is stupid. He doesn’t know how to sell. He’s not a merchandiser. He doesn’t know how to express his own image. He doesn’t know how to create a design of his image... And I do it. I’ve done it all my career over half a century, and it gets better. 

Robert Smithson
[Artist, b. 1938, Rutherford, New Jersey, d. 1973, Amarillo, Texas.]

 As long as cameras are around no artist will be free of bewilderment. 

Raghubir Singh
[Photographer, b. 1942, Jaipur, Punjab, India, d. 1999, New York.]

 Taking pictures is like panning for gold. You do it again and again, and sometimes you find a nugget. 

Andres Serrano
[Artist, b. 1950, New York, lives in New York.]

 ... I just photographed a man who can suck his own penis. The way he twisted his body reminded me of a Francis Bacon painting. He rolled on his back and threw his legs up in a way that does not register as a natural contortion. Yet it is a natural position if you want to put your mouth around your own dick.