Lewis Mumford
[Writer and critic, b. 1895, Flushing, New York, d. 1990, New York.]

 It was Stieglitz’s endeavor... to translate the unseen world of tactile values as they develop between lovers not merely into the sexual act but the entire relation of two personalities—to translate this world of blind touch into sight. 

Arthur Danto
[Writer, b. 1924, Ann Arbor, Michigan, d. 2013, New York.]

 It takes a certain suspension of squeamishness to see a Polaroid that Mapplethorpe devoted to his own engorged penis, held erect like a blunt club by means of a leather loop around his testicles, in the same aesthetic terms as the Photo-Secessionist masterpieces ... But that was the paradox of Mapplethorpe’s achievement—to show what one can barely stand to look at in photographs so beautiful one can hardly takes one’s eye off them. 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 The final reason for the need to photograph everything lies in the very logic of consumption itself. To consume means to burn, to use up—and therefore, to need to be replenished. As we make images and consume them, we need still more images; and still more. But images are not a treasure for which the world must be ransacked; they are precisely what is at hand wherever the camera falls. The possession of a camera can inspire something akin to lust. 
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