Edward Curtis
[Photographer and ethnographer, b. 1868, Whitewater, Wisconsin, d. 1952, Los Angeles.]

 In the beginning, I had no thought of making the series [The North American Indian] large enough to be of any value in the future, but the thing has grown so that I now see its great possibilities, and certainly nothing could be of much greater value. (1904) 

Berenice Abbott
[Photographer, writer, teacher, b. 1898, Springfield, Ohio, d. 1991, Monson, Maine.]

 Unless they do their share of growing up to their responsibilities the photographer can languish or take up knitting. 

Garry Winogrand
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 1984, Tijuana, Mexico.]

 I like to work in that area where content almost overwhelms form. 

Catherine Opie
[Photographer, b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I’ve pretty much been doing the same thing since I was nine. I was making portraits of my friends. I was making self-portraits, I was making images of the neighborhood. 

Wolfgang Tillmans
[Photographer, b. 1968, Remscheid, Germany, lives in London.]

 People haven’t developed much imagination over the past 150 years to invent new forms of presentation. And so it’s a pretty limited medium as an exhibition medium. It’s very much about, “How can I get this excitement that I have from a print lying on my table into the gallery?” 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 While there appears to be nothing that photography can’t devour, whatever can’t be photographed becomes less important. 

Sylvia Plath
[Poet, b. 1932, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1963, London.]

 “When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
“Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.
“She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.”  

Marcel Duchamp
[Artist, b. 1887, Blainville, France, d. 1968, Neilly-sur-Seine, France.]

 Without glue—Make an assembly of ‘readymades’ balanced one on top of the other and photograph them. (Proposal) 
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