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

 A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of the idea. 

Doug Aitken
[Artist, b. 1968, Redondo Beach, California, lives in Los Angeles.]

 When you make work, the concept is the basis for it; all choices of aesthetics or mediums come later. 

Martin Schoeller
[Photographer, b. 1968, Munich, Germany, lives in New York.]

 Get off your phones and computers—they don’t take good pictures…. Original ideas come from experiences and the people around you. 

Saul Leiter
[Photographer, b. 1923, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 2013, New York.]

 I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera. 

Cory Arcangel
[Artist, b. 1978, Buffalo, New York, lives in New York.]

 Simplicity is an asset, not a weakness... The smaller the idea the happier I am. 

Joel Meyerowitz
[Photographer, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York.]

 We think of photography as pictures. And it is. But I think of photography as ideas. And do the pictures sustain your ideas or are they just good pictures? I want to have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience, that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious. 

Thomas Ruff
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]

 The people have to know what my portraits are like in order to behave in such a way that the result is one of my portraits. 

William Burroughs
[Writer, b. 1914, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1997, Lawrence, Kansas.]

 Open your mind and let the pictures out. 
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