Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
[Artist, photographer, designer, and teacher, b. 1895, Bacsbarsod, Hungary, d. 1946, Chicago, Illinois.]

 The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike. 
 We have—through a hundred years of photography and two decades of film—been enormously enriched... We may say we see the world with entirely different eyes. 
 The invention of photography destroyed the canons of representational, imitative art. 
 In photography we must learn to seek, not the “picture,” not the aesthetic of tradition, but the ideal instrument of expression, the self-sufficient vehicle for education. 
 In photography we possess an extraordinary instrument for reproduction. But photography is much more than that. Today it is [a method for bringing optically] some thing entirely new into the world. 
 The photographer is a manipulator of light; photography is a manipulation of light. 
 It must be stressed that the essential tool of the photographic process is not the camera but the light-sensitive layer. 
 The photogram can be called the key to photography because every good photograph must possess the same fine gradations between the white and black extremes as the photogram. 
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