[Artist, photographer, designer, and teacher, b. 1895, Bacsbarsod, Hungary, d. 1946, Chicago, Illinois.]
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 illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.
The photographer is a manipulator of light; photography is a manipulation of light.
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.
The invention of photography destroyed the canons of representational, imitative art.
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.
... no intention exists of making photography into an art in the old sense. We definitely have to go back to the deeper responsibility of the photographer who accomplishes a work with the photographic means which could not be accomplished the in the same way with other means. Therefore the existence of photography today exists less in serving individual artistic expression but rather much more in it pedagogical function.
The photographic process has no precedent among the previously known visual media. And when photography relies on its own possibilities, its results, too, are without precedent.