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

 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.)  
 With considerable soul searching, that to the utmost of my ability, I have let truth be the prejudice. 
 I didn’t write the rules. Why would I follow them? 
 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. 
 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) 
 The first word I would remove from the folklore of journalism is the word objective. 
 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. 
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