W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]

 I didn’t write the rules. Why would I follow them? 
 The journalistic photographer can have no other than a personal approach; and it is impossible for him to be completely objective. Honest—yes. Objective—no. 
 I think photojournalism is documentary photography with a purpose. 
 I try to take what voice I have and I give it to those who don’t have one at all. 
 It’s not a matter of looking, it’s a matter of seeing. (Quoted by photographer Edouard Boubat) 
 With considerable soul searching, that to the utmost of my ability, I have let truth be the prejudice. 
 In printing the photographs of the white-gowned Klan members I ran into considerable difficulty. There were several with uncovered faces and these faces were vividly dark in comparison to the white-white of the gowns that it was almost impossible to keep them from appearing black. I am terribly sorry. (Apology to his editor about images from his 1951 photo essay on the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.)  
 Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold. 
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