Philip Jones Griffiths
[Photojournalist, b. 1936, Rhuddian, Wales, d. 2008, London.]

 Real photography is a wonderfully inclusive, democratic medium, whereas “art photography” is more often a private pursuit by conmen. 
 The only thing we photographers really want more than life, more than sex, more than anything, is to be invisible. 
 Content alone is propaganda; form alone is wallpaper. 
 ... faking has enjoyed a quantum leap with the advent of computerized manipulation. Now, with digital cameras, there is no “original” to compare... Fraudulent practice is easy and detection difficult, and photography will never be the same again. 
 ...we are there with our cameras to record reality. Once we start modifying that which exists, we are robbing photography of its most valuable attribute. 
 I attempt to channel my anger into the tip of my forefinger as I press the shutter. 
 When Bill Gates started Corbis we were told that he needed images to fill those “digital picture frames” in his home, and many found this plausible. But now it’s pretty clear that he’s set out to control the visual history of the twentieth century. 
 [Photojournalism] really is the only branch of photography that’s a credit to our profession. We see, we understand; we see more, we understand more. 
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