William Wegman
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 As soon as I got funny, I killed any majestic intentions in my work. 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
[Poet, novelist, playwright, and natural philosopher, b. 1749, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, d. 1832, Weimar, Germany.]

 The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. (Maxim often quoted by Albert Renger-Patzsch.) 

Elliott Erwitt
[Photographer, b. 1928, Paris, France, lives in New York.]

 Everything is there in front of us. If we knew what we were looking for, we’d see the great movements of tomorrow in the miniscule details of today. 

Auguste Rodin
[Artist, b. 1840, Paris, France, d. 1917, Paris.]

 It is the artist who is truthful and photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop, and if the artist succeeds in producing the impression of a movement which takes several moments for accomplishment, his work is certainly much less conventional than the scientific image, where time is abruptly suspended. 

David Hockney
[Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, lives in Bridlington, Yorkshire; London; and Los Angeles.]

 All religions are about social control. The church, when it had social control, commissioned paintings, which were made using lenses and when it stopped commissioning images, its power declined, slowly. Social control today is in the media—and based on photography. The continuum is the mirrors and lenses. 

Rineke Dijkstra
[Photographer, b. 1959, Sittard, The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam.]

 A photo is always a kind of lie. Truth is only present for a matter of a fraction of a second. 

Jan Saudek
[Photographer, b. 1935, Prague, Czechoslovakia, lives in Prague.]

 I still dream of the day when I will take a photograph so beautiful that it can be called love. 

Larry Sultan
[Photographer, b. 1946, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2009, Greenbrae, California.]

 Like a ventriloquist who laughs at his dummy’s jokes, I keep trying to make photographs that seduce me into believing in the image—all the time knowing better, but believing anyway.