Norman Mailer
[Writer, b. 1923, Long Branch, New Jersey, d. 2007, New York.]

 Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child. 

Chris Marker
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1921, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, d. 2012, Paris.]

 ...after a certain quantity, photos apparently taken by chance, postcards chosen according to a passing mood, begin to trace an itinerary, to map the imaginary country that stretches out before us. 

Sheila Metzner
[Photographer, b. 1939, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 Photographers are often transformed by their own work. They should look at themselves every now and again to make sure they haven't become some kind of beast. 

Henry Miller
[Writer, b. 1890, New York, d. 1980, Pacific Palisades, California.]

 [The photographer] is like a secretive insect who awaits for the appearance of some unknown epidemic before commencing his ravages. He is stubborn and elusive. He does the banal thing in order to hide his monstrous eccentricities. He has the eye of a ghoul, the indifference of a leper, the calm of a Buddha. He is insatiable. He is a monster—the most amiable, the most courteous, the most raffiné—but a monster. (On Brassaï, who he lastingly dubbed “the eye of Paris.”) 

Marshall McLuhan
[Writer and theorist, b. 1911, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, d. 1980, Toronto, Canada.]

 Art is anything you can get away with. 

Carl Mydans
[Photographer, b. 1907, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 2004, New York.]

 We cannot hope to control what we do not understand, nor to confront our adversary, war, with our eyes averted. 

Kasmir Malevich
[Artist, b. 1878, Kiev, Russia, d. 1933, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).]

 I regard photography and film simply as new technical means which painters must absolutely make use of, just as from time out of mind they have made use of brush, charcoal and color. It is certain, however, that photography and film must become as evocative for the sensibility as pencil, charcoal and brush. (1927) 

Andrea Modica
[Photographer, b. 1960, Oneonta, New York, lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado.]

 When you start photographing somebody, it’s like a lustful relationship and there’s all the excitement of new flesh.