Peter Galassi
[Curator and writer, b. 1951, Washington, D.C., lives in New York.]

 After many years of getting very little attention from anyone but a handful of cheerleaders, photography got injected into the high-art tradition. And after that it never went away. 

Albert Renger-Patzsch
[Artist, b. 1897, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, d. 1966, Wamel Dorf, Über Soest, West Germany.]

 Let us... leave art to the artists, and let us try to use the medium of photography to create photographs that can endure because of their photographic qualities. 

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

 In the domain of painting and statuary, the present-day credo of the worldly wise, especially in France, is this: ... “I believe that art is, and can only be, the exact reproduction of nature...” An avenging God has heard the prayers of this multitude; Daguerre was his messiah. 

Alexandre Dumas
[Writer, b. 1802, Villers-Cotterêts, France, d. 1870, Puys, France.]

 In fact, what are the results of photography? I have already mentioned the merit, that of disfiguring the human race, already ugly enough as it is. Then, of producing a class of false artists, composed in general of those who had not the ability to become painters; they make themselves photographers. (1866) 

Walter Benn Michaels
[Writer and critic, b. 1948, lives in Chicago.]

 The break between painting and photography is sharp because it is a break not between two technologies of representation but between something that is a technology of representation [painting] and something that is not [photography]. 

David Hockney
[Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, lives in Bridlington, Yorkshire; London; and Los Angeles.]

 …I’ve come to see that [artist Robert] Irwin was right about that ban on photographing his work; I wish I’d imposed a similar ban regarding my own from the outset. I mean, no one can come upon one of my paintings in a museum, say, and simply see it; instead they see the poster in their college dorm or the dentist’s office or the jacket on the book they are reading, all sorts of second-rate mediations getting in the way of experiencing the work as if from scratch. 

Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 The denunciation of suffering by photography has replaced the religious justification of suffering in painting. Denunciation is a function of photojournalism, and in itself that’s a step in the right direction. 
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