Ralph Steiner
[Photographer, b. 1899, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire.]

 By showing a picture, you’re showing an x-ray of your heart. 
 I say to young photographers, “What in God’s name are you doing, taking a picture of a tree or a mountain? That’s crazy! What you should do is take a person by the hand and show him the tree or the mountain itself. Why show him a stupid picture? It’s flat and it’s tiny compared to the mountain. The mountain is magnificent and has power ...” 
 There are only two hard things in photography; which way to point the camera and when to release the shutter. 
 “The camera cannot lie” is true only in the sense that it is a little harder to tell a complete falsehood with a camera than with words. 
 The thing to bear in mind in ‘reading’ photographs is that none of them can tell the full truth. 
 These days I think the composers of music influence me more than any photographers or visual creators. I see something exciting or lovely and think to myself: “If Papa Haydn or Wolfgang Amadeus or the red-headed Vivaldi were here with a camera, they’d snap a picture of what’s in front of me.” So I take the picture for them.