E.E. Cummings
[Poet and author, b. 1894, Cambridge, Massachusetts, d. 1962, North Conway, New Hampshire.]

 …i kept
remembering how your mind looked when it slept
for several years, to wake up asking why.
So then you turned into a photograph
of somebody who’s trying not to laugh
at somebody who’s trying not to cry  

Eve Babitz
[Model and author, b. 1943, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 [Photographer Julian Wasser] had this great idea that I should play chess naked with Marcel Duchamp and it seem to be such a great idea that it was just like the best idea I’d ever heard in my life. It was like a great idea. I mean, it was— Not only was it vengeance, it was art, and it was, like, a great idea. And even if it didn’t get any vengeance, it would still turn out okay with me because, you know, I would be sort of immortalized. 

Paolo Roversi
[Photographer, b. 1947, Ravenna, Italy, lives in Paris.]

 Photography goes beyond the limits of reality and illusion. It brushes up against another life, another dimension, revealing not only what is there but what is not there. 

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

 It looked like a snowstorm, with the flakes flying in all directions instead of falling, then suddenly becoming a field of daisies as if the snow had crystallized into flowers. This was followed by another sequence of huge white pins crisscrossing and revolving in an epileptic dance, then again by a lone thumbtack making desperate efforts to leave the screen. There was some grumbling in the audience, punctuated by a whistle or two. Then the film broke, not once, but twice. A cry for the lights arose, the theater lit up disclosing a group locked in a struggle preventing the participants from striking any blows. Small groups in other parts of the theater were seen, divided into two camps, engaged in similar activities. A group of police stationed outside in anticipation of trouble rushed in and succeeded in emptying the theater. (On the first showing of Rayograph film "Return to Reason") 
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