Charles Baudelaire
[Writer, b. 1821, Paris, d. 1867, Paris.]

 Our squalid society rushed, Narcissus to a man, to gaze on its trivial image on a scrap of metal. 

Thomas Ruff
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]

 In photography, you always have both the medium and the depicted subject at the same time. 

Italo Calvino
[Writer, b. 1923, Santiago de la Vegas, Cuba, d. 1985, Siena, Italy.]

 Whatever person you decide to photograph, or whatever thing, you must go on photographing it always, exclusively, at every hour of the day and night. 

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

 It’s not that we mistake photographs for reality; we prefer them to reality. 

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. 

Richard Misrach
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]

 To me, the work I do is a means of interpreting unsettling truths, of bearing witness, and of sounding an alarm. The beauty of formal representation both carries an affirmation of life and subversively brings us face to face with news from our besieged world. 

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. 

Lewis Baltz
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]

 Photographs no longer provoke a meditation upon external phenomena, but on the conditions of their own existence. 
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