E. H. Gombrich
[Historian and writer, b. 1909, Vienna, Austria, d. 2001, London.]

 All art is “image making” and all image making is the creation of substitutes. 

Lee Friedlander
[Photographer, b. 1934, Aberdeen, Washington, lives in New York.]

 Photography doesn’t just give you the tree, it gives you every leaf on the tree. 

Guy Debord
[Writer and theorist, b. 1931, Paris, d. 1994, Champot, Upper Loire, France.]

 In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation. 

Martha Rosler
[Artist, b. 1943, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 Photography [can] be seen as a system of representation that you bring to bear on other systems. 

André Bazin
[Film critic and theorist, b. 1918, Angers, France, d. 1958, Nogent-sur-Marne, Île-de-France, France.]

 All the arts are based on the presence of man, only photography derives an advantage from his absence. 

Giséle Freund
[Photographer, b. 1908, Berlin, Germany, d. 2000, Paris, France.]

 ...in the theatre the stage keeps the audience aware of the fictional nature of the action. The reader poring over a magazine, on the other hand, identifies what he sees in the photographs as real. 

John Divola
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 The photograph as an object has a relationship to that which it represents something like the relationship the snake skin has to the snake that sheds it. 

Luigi Ghirri
[Photographer, b. 1943, Scandiano, Italy, d. 1992, Reggio Emilia, Italy.]

 Photography needs to do away with the idea of being a representation simply because it is always ‘an image’. 
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