George Trow
[Writer and critic, b. 1943, New York, d. 2006, Naples, Italy.]

 There was a time when photographers were thought to be socially secondary, and, hence, not dangerous. Lincoln was more important than Brady. It didn’t occur to anyone to worry about the manner in which a photograph was taken. 

Jean-Dominique Ingres
[Artist, b. 1780, Montauban, France, d. 1867, Paris, France.]

 Which of us could achieve this exactitude... this delicate modeling... indeed, what a wonderful thing photography is—but one dare not say that aloud. 

Aldous Huxley
[Writer, b. 1894, Godalming, Surrey, England, d. 1963, Los Angeles.]

 Advances in technology have led… to vulgarity. Process reproduction and the rotary press have made possible the indefinite multiplication of writing and pictures…. The situation may be summed up thus. For every page of print and pictures published a century ago, twenty, or perhaps even a hundred pages are published today. But for every man of talent then living, there are now only two men of talent. (1934) 

René Burri
[Photographer, b. 1933, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 2014, Zurich.]

 What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it is just a document. 

Sam Abell
[Photographer, b. 1945, Sylvania, Ohio, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.]

 A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. 

Van Deren Coke
[Photographer, writer, and historian, b. 1921, Lexington, Kentucky, d. 2004, Albuquerque, New Mexico.]

 Artists are interested in pictures as sources of ideas for their work. Where the pictures come from and how they are made is of little concern to them. 

Loretta Lux
[Photographer, b. 1969, Dresden, Germany, lives in Dublin, Ireland.]

 I trained as a painter, and I still love painting, but eventually I became aware that the physical aspect of painting didn’t really suit me. I didn’t enjoy working in the medium. It’s very messy. I prefer to have it clean, with a nice computer. 

Princess Anne Mountbatten-Windsor
[British royalty, b. 1950, London, lives in London.]

 You are a pest by the very nature of that camera in your hand. (To a photographer)