[Dramatist, director and poet, b. 1898, Augsburg, Germany, d. 1956, East Berlin.]
Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
The tremendous development of photojournalism has contributed practically nothing to the revelation of the truth about the conditions in this world. On the contrary, photography, in the hands of the bourgeoisie, has become a terrible weapon against the truth. The vast amount of pictured material that is being disgorged daily by the press and that seems to have the character of truth serves in reality only to obscure the facts. The camera is just as capable of lying as the typewriter. (1931)