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

 ...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. 
 Content alone is propaganda; form alone is wallpaper. 
 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. 
 ... 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. 
 I attempt to channel my anger into the tip of my forefinger as I press the shutter. 
 Real photography is a wonderfully inclusive, democratic medium, whereas “art photography” is more often a private pursuit by conmen. 
 Journalists should be by their very nature anarchists, people who want to point out things that are not generally approved of. It’s by criticizing that society that humanity has made progress. 
 What we get to think and know about the world is in the hands of a very few... A truly informed public is antithetical to the interests of modern consumer capital. 
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