Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 How foolish of me to have believed that it would be that easy. I had confused the appearance of trees and automobiles and people with reality itself and believed that a photograph of these appearances to be a photograph of it. It is a melancholy truth that I will never be able to photograph it and can only fail. I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection. To photograph reality is to photograph nothing. 

Bertolt Brecht
[Dramatist, director and poet, b. 1898, Augsburg, Germany, d. 1956, East Berlin.]

 Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. 

Bill Brandt
[Photographer, b. 1904, Hamburg, Germany, d. 1983, London.]

 See the subject first. Do not try to force it to be a picture of this, that or the other thing. Stand apart from it. Then something will happen. 

Edmundo Desnoes
[Writer, b. 1930, Havana, Cuba, lives in New York.]

 Images, the visual power of present-day capitalism, like the ritual constructions of ancient Egypt, are refined ways of inhibiting and crushing man. 

Marc Riboud
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]

 If taste for life diminishes, the photographs pale, because taking pictures is like savoring life at 125th of a second. 

Walker Evans
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]

 Evans was, and is, interested in what any present time will look like as the past. (An unpublished note characterizing his own work) 

Larry Clark
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma, lives in New York.]

 ... I wanted to be a storyteller, tell a story. Which I hate to even admit to now, because I hate photojournalism so badly. 

Robert Polidori
[Photographer, b. 1951, Montréal, Canada, lives in New York.]

 Where you point the camera is the question and the picture you get is the answer to decipher.