Pablo Picasso
[Artist, b. 1881, Málaga, Spain, d. 1973, Mougin, France.]

 When you see what you express through photography, you realize all the things that can no longer be the objective of painting. Why should the artist persist in treating subjects that can be established so clearly with the lens of a camera? 

Wang Qingsong
[Photographer, b. 1966, Jinzhou, Hubei Province, China, lives in Beijing.]

 I think it is very meaningless if an artist only creates art for art’s sake. For me, the dramatic changes in China have transformed China into a huge playground or construction site… I think it would be absurd for an artist to ignore what's going on in society. 

Sophie Ristelhueber
[Photographer, b. 1949, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 We have at our disposal modern techniques for seeing everything, apprehending everything, yet we see nothing. 

Raoul Hausmann
[Artist, b. 1886, Vienna, d. 1971, Limoges, France.]

 What is important is that our optical awareness rids itself of classical notions of beauty and opens itself more and more to the beauty of the instant and of these surprising points of view that appear for a brief moment and never return; those are what make photography an art. 

Jim Marshall
[Photographer, b. 1936, Chicago, Illinois, d. 2010, Los Angeles.]

 How the fuck should I 
know [what I’ve captured]? I was there. I took some photographs. This is them. I 
don’t know what it means. 

Albert Watson
[Photographer, b. 1942, Edinburgh, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 Really good portraiture is a two-way street where someone is throwing little gems out and you’re grabbing them. Very few people have a 100 percent fluency in being able to do to do this—this kind of magical reaction with a camera. 

John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 

Frank Zappa
[Musician and composer, b. 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, d. 1993, Los Angeles.]

 And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They’ll send some joker with a brownie
And you’ll see it all complete.