Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 They say seeing is believing, but the opposite is true. Believing is seeing. 

Paul Strand
[Photographer, b. 1890, New York, d. 1976, Oregeval, France.]

 The days slip by within this magical repetition of sun and storm and cold starlit nights... so, that if one had not made a few photographs... they might be a dreamlike mirage. (From Taos, 1931, to Alfred Stieglitz) 

Secondo Pia
[Lawyer and amateur photographer, b. 1855, Asti, Italy, d. 1941, Milan.]

 No human being could have painted this negative that lies hidden in the stains. ... If it was not painted, not made by human hands, then ... (On his 1898 photograph which highlighted the alleged face in what is known as “the Shroud of Turin.”) 

Peter Brook
[Theater director and producer, b. 1925, London, lives in London.]

 One view of photography is that it is a zen-like act which captures reality with its pants down—so that the vital click shows the anatomy bare. In this, the photographer is invisible but essential. A computer releasing the shutter would always miss the special moment that the human sensibility can register. For this work, the photographer’s instinct is his aid, his personality a hindrance. 

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

 The morphology of photography would have been vastly different had photographs resisted the urge to acquire the credentials of esthetic respectability for the medium, and instead simply pursued it as a way of producing evidence of intelligent life on earth. 

Sabrina Harman
[U.S. military guard at Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq, b. 1978, Lorton, Virginia, lives in Virginia.]

 On June 23 I saw my first dead body I took pictures! The other day I heard my first grenade go off. Fun! (To her father, June 23, 2003, written from Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq) 

Greg Gorman
[Photographer, b. 1949, Kansas City, Missouri, lives in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.]

 For me, a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions. 

Paul Virilio
[Writer and theorist, b. 1932, Paris, lives in La Rochelle, France.]

 ... the blinding Hiroshima flash... literally photographed the shadow cast by beings and things, so that every surface immediately became war’s recording surface, its film. 
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