John Szarkowski
[Curator, critic, historian, and photographer, b. 1925, Ashland, Wisconsin, d. 2007, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.]

 The invention of photography provided a radically new picture-making process—a process based not in synthesis but on selection. The difference was a basic one. Paintings were made... but photographs, as the man on the street puts it, were taken. 
 The compelling clarity with which a photograph recorded the trivial suggested that… it was in fact not trivial, but filled with undiscovered meaning. 
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