John Ruskin
[Artist, writer and poet, b. 1819, London, d. 1900, Coniston Water, England.]

 I tell you (dogmatically, if you like to call it so, knowing it well) a square inch of man’s engraving is worth all the photographs that were ever dipped in acid... Believe me, photography can do against line engraving just what Madame Tussaud’s wax-work can do against sculpture. That and no more. (1865) 

Jean-François Chevrier
[Art historian, critic, and curator, b. 1954, Lyon, France, lives in Paris.]

 Many artists, having assimilated the Conceptualists’ explorations to varying degrees, have reused the painterly model and use photography, quite consciously and systematically, to produce works that stand alone and exist as “photographic paintings”... 

Sigmar Polke
[Painter and photographer, b. 1941, Oels, Silesia, Germany (Now Poland), d. 2010, Cologne, Germany.]

 I don’t see a big difference between painting and photography. Moreover, such distinctions mean nothing to me. 

Jean-Dominique Ingres
[Artist, b. 1780, Montauban, France, d. 1867, Paris, France.]

 Which of us could achieve this exactitude... this delicate modeling... indeed, what a wonderful thing photography is—but one dare not say that aloud. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 ...isn’t it astonishing that a hundred years after the invention of photography, painters still persist in doing something which requires so much hard work and perseverance and could be done better and more quickly with a Kodak. 

Thomas Demand
[Photographer, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, lives in Los Angeles.]

 …if I’m invited to do a photography show, I tend to say no. The medium itself, I find, is a relatively boring context. You would never see a show about acrylic paint. 

George Bernard Shaw
[Writer, critic, and dramatist, b. 1856, Dublin, d. 1950, Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.]

 I would willingly exchange every single painting of Christ for one snapshot. 

Ezra Pound
[Poet, b. 1885, Hailey, Idaho, d. 1972, Venice, Italy.]

 Almost any fool can paint an academy picture, and any imbecile can shoot off a Kodak. 
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