Michelangelo Antonioni
[Filmmaker, b. 1912, Ferrara, Italy, d. 2007, Rome.]

 We know that under the revealed image there is another one which is more faithful to reality, and under this one is yet another, and again another under this last one, down to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that nobody will ever see. Or perhaps, not until the decomposition of every image, of every reality. 

Joan Didion
[Writer, b. 1934, Sacramento, California, lives in New York.]

 For however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable “I.” 

William Claxton
[Photographer, b. 1927, Pasadena, California, d. 2008, Los Angeles.]

 The international language of jazz and photography need no special education or sophistication to be enjoyed. All that I ask is that you listen with your eyes. 

Emmet Gowin
[Photographer, b. 1941, Danville, Virginia, lives in Princeton, New Jersey.]

 [In nature] we may even glimpse the means with which to accept ourselves. Before nature, what I see does not truly belong to anyone; I know that I cannot have it, in fact, I’m not sure what I’m seeing. 

Ben Shahn
[Photographer and artist, b. 1898, Kovno, Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania), d. 1969, New York.]

 We tried to present the ordinary in an extraordinary manner. But that’s the paradox because the only thing extraordinary about it was that it was so ordinary. 

Clarence John Laughlin
[Photographer, b. 1905, Lake Charles, Louisiana, d. 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana.]

 As a whole, I am interested in the symbolic, rather than the literal use of the camera. 

Manuel Álvarez Bravo
[Photographer, b. 1902, Mexico City, d. 2002, Mexico City.]

 There is no other art with as great a democratic capacity as photography. 
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