Elizabeth McCausland
[Writer and critic, b. 1899, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1965, New York.]

 The fact is a thousand times more important than the photographer... 

Yukio Mishima
[Writer, b. 1925, Tokyo, d. 1970, Tokyo.]

 This is a photograph, so it is as you see: there are no lies and no deceptions. One can detect here, elevated to an incomparably higher level, the same pathetic emotional appeal that lies concealed in every fake spiritualist photograph, every pornographic photograph; one comes to suspect that the strange, disturbing emotional appeal of the photographic art consists solely in that same repeated refrain: this is a true ghost... this is a photograph, so it is as you see: there are no lies, no deceptions. 

David Levi Strauss
[Writer and critic, b. 1953, Junction City, Kansas, lives in New York.]

 The first question must always be: Who is using this photograph, and to what end? 

Jean François Millet
[Artist, b. 1814, Gruchy, France, d. 1875, Barbizon, France.]

 A photograph is analogous to a plaster cast taken from life, which is always inferior to a good statue. 

Kyoichi Sawada
[Photographer, b. 1936, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, d. 1970, Cambodia.]

 A photograph is viewed by many but it also sees those who view it. A photo is extraordinary. Each carries its own fate. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 A photograph is a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photograph are often contradictory. These contradictions both hide and increase the natural ambiguity of the photographic image. 

A.D. Coleman
[Critic and writer, b. 1943, New York, lives in New York.]

 What a photograph shows us is how a particular thing could be seen, or could be made to look—at a specific moment, in a specific context, by a specific photographer employing specific tools. 

Shomei Tomatsu
[Photographer, b. 1930, Nagoya, Japan, d. 2012, Okinawa, Japan.]

 A single photograph is a mere fragment of an experience and, simultaneously, the distillation of the entire body of one’s experience. 
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