Alfred Stieglitz
[Photographer and curator, b. 1864, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946, New York.]

 Photography is a much more wonderful medium of expression than its staunchest adherents realize today... It is to those who understand nature and love it, who love photography, that the future will bring about revelations little dream of today. (1918) 

Wynn Bullock
[Photographer, b. 1902, Chicago, Illinois, d. 1975, Monterey, California.]

 A person is quite different from a tree or rock or stream. By introducing the nude into my pictures, I started perceiving all the things I was photographing in new ways. In contrast or opposition to each other, things became much more significant and interesting, revealing many more qualities than I had ever dreamed of knowing and expressing. By using the nude, I stopped thinking in terms of objects. I was seeing things, instead, as dynamic events, unique in their own beings yet also related and existing together within a universal context of energy and change. 

Paul Valéry
[Writer and poet, b. 1871, Sète, France, d. 1945, Paris.]

 All in all, can one think of a subject more deserving of the philosopher’s meditation than the enormous increase in the number of stars as well as in the number of cosmic radiations and energies whose record we owe to photography? (1939) 
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