Eleanor Antin
[Artist, b. 1935, New York, lives in San Diego, California.]

 I adore [photography’s] uneasy mix of fact and fiction—its dubious claim to truth—its status as history. 

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
[Boxer, b. 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, d. Scottsdale, Arizona.]

 Emmett Till and I were about the same age. A week after he was murdered... I stood on a corner with a gang of boys, looking at pictures of him in the black newspapers and magazines. In one, he was laughing and happy. In the other, his head was swollen and bashed in, his eyes bulging out of their sockets, and his mouth twisted and broken... I couldn’t get Emmett Till out of my mind, until one evening I thought of a way to get back at white people for his death. 

Lawrence Alloway
[Writer, curator, and critic, b. 1927, London, d. 1990, New York.]

 If “a print is the widow of the stone,” to quote Robert Rauschenberg, then a photograph is the twin of an event. 

James Agee
[Writer, b. 1909, Knoxville, Tennessee, d. 1955, New York.]

 As small, quick, foolproof cameras became generally available, moreover, the camera has been used so much and so flabbily by so many people that it has acted as a sort of contraceptive on the ability to see. 

Hannah Arendt
[Writer and political philosopher, b. 1906, Linden, Germany, d. 1975, New York.]

 Lacking the truth, [we] will however finds instants of truth, and these instants are in fact all we have available to us to give some order to this chaos of horror. 

Henry Adams
[Writer and historian, b. 1838, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1918, Washington, D.C..]

 I hate photographs abstractly, because they have given me more ideas perversely and immovably wrong, than I ever should get by imagination. 

Rudolf Arnheim
[Writer and psychologist, b. 1904, Berlin, Germany, d. 2007, Ann Arbor, Michigan.]

 The fundamental peculiarity of the photographic medium; the physical objects themselves print their image by means of the optical and chemical action of light. 

Eugène Atget
[Photographer, b. 1857, Paris, France, d. 1927, Paris.]

 For more than twenty years by my own work and personal initiative, I have gathered from all the old streets of Vieux Paris photographic plates, 18 x 24 format, artistic documents of the beautiful civil architecture of the 16th to the 19th century: the old hôtels, historic or curious houses, beautiful facades, beautiful doors, beautiful woodwork, door knockers, old fountains... This vast artistic and documentary collection is today complete. I can truthfully say that I possess all of Vieux Paris.