Craig Owens
[Writer and critic, b. 1950, d. 1990.]

 Representation, then, is not—nor can it be—neutral; it is an act—indeed the founding act—of power in our culture. 

Minor White
[Photographer, writer, and theorist, b. 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota, d. 1976, Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photographers who come up with power never get accused of imitating anyone else even though they photograph the same broom, same street, same portraits. 

Ronald Reagan
[Actor and politician, b. 1911, Tampico, Illinois, d. 2004, Bel Air, California.]

 I like photographers—you don’t ask questions. (To a gathering of the White House News Photographers Association) 

Susie Bright
[Writer, feminist, and activist, b. 1958, Arlington, Virginia, lives in Santa Cruz, California.]

 Seeing lesbian photography is just the tip of my radicalized clitoris. I have modeled for, commissioned, published, and fought for these pictures, and answered threats against them. I’ve seen the feminist movement bring these pictures to life, and I’ve seen that same movement try to suppress the liberating results. 

Penelope Umbrico
[Photographer, b. 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 I have always been more interested in how we as a culture see things than how I see in particular. 

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. 

Brigitte Lacombe
[Photographer, b. 1950, Paris, France, lives in New York.]

 I take pictures all the time. It’s alarming, really. I mean, I wish I could stop! I take snaps of everything, like taking notes. It became a way to look at the world. 

Oliviero Toscani
[Photography, b. 1942, Milan, Italy, lives in Casale Marittimo, Tuscany, Italy.]

 A photograph permits a first viewing, and then an individual reflection. It solicits participation, and encourages individuality in interpretation. Television is an autarchy, a dictatorship.