Tennessee Williams
[Writer, b. 1911, Columbus, Mississippi, d. 1983, New York.]

 Everyone should know nowadays the unimportance of the photographic in art: that truth, life, or reality is an organic thing which the poetic imagination can represent or suggest, in essence, only through transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance. 

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

 The artist must operate on the assumption that the public consists in the highest order of individual; that he is civilized, cultured, and highly sensitive both to emotional and intellectual contexts. And while the whole public most certainly does not consist in that sort of individual, still the tendency of art is to create such a public—to lift the level of perceptivity, to increase and enrich the average individual’s store of values... I believe that it is in a certain devotion to concepts of truth that we discover values. 

Régis Durand
[Critic, writer, and curator, lives in Paris.]

 I know very well that there is off-screen space and manipulation in the photograph, but I want to believe anyway that there is also truth. 
quotes 217-219 of 219
first page previous page page 28 of 28
display quotes