Barbara Ess
[Photographer, b. 1948, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 My camera distorts and I like that—I like distortion in music too because it loosens things up. (On her pinhole camera) 

Dziga Vertov
[Artist and filmmaker, b. 1896, Bialystok, d. 1954, Moscow.]

 We cannot improve the making of our eyes, but we can endlessly perfect the camera. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. 

Idris Khan
[Artist, b. 1978, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]

 Recently, I can’t seem to take a straight photograph without thinking that what I am photographing won’t be the final image—like the world in front of me is not good enough or something. 

Gregory Crewdson
[Photographer, b. 1962, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New Haven Connecticut.]

 I think my pictures are really about a kind of tension between my need to make a perfect picture and the impossibility of doing so. Something always fails, there’s always a problem, and photography fails in a certain sense… This is what drives you to the next picture. 

Robert Rauschenberg
[Artist, b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida.]

 The eye that looks for perfection is the one that is anticipating a controlled retirement (no matter what the age). 

Robert Mapplethorpe
[Photographer, b. 1946, Floral Park, Long Island, d. 1989, Boston, Massachusetts.]

 Perfection means you don’t question anything about the photograph. 

Cecil Beaton
[Photographer, b. 1904, London, d. 1980, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, Great Britain.]

 I want to make photographs of very elegant women taking the lipstick off their teeth. 
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