Abraham Maslow
[b. 1908, Brooklyn, New York, d. 1970, Menlo Park, California.]

 In a word, to perceive an object abstractly means not to perceive some aspects of it. It clearly implies selection of some attributes, rejection of other attributes, creation or distortion of still others. We make of it what we wish. We create it. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 Sometimes I think the only memories I have are those that I’ve created around photographs of me as a child. Maybe I’m creating my own life. I distrust any memories I do have. They may be fictions, too. 

Bill McKibben
[Writer, b. 1960, Palo Alto, California, lives near Lake Chanokaub, New York.]

 After a lifetime of nature shows and magazine photos, we arrive at the woods conditioned to expect splendor—surprised when the parking lot does not contain a snarl of animals attractively mating and killing each other. 

Inge Morath
[Photographer, b. 1923, Graz, Austria, d. 2002, New York.]

 Pressing the shutter has remained a moment of joyful recognition, comparable to the delight of a child balancing on tiptoe and suddenly, with a small cry of delight, stretching out a hand toward a desired object. 

Boris Mikhailov
[Photographer, b. 1938, Kharkov, Ukraine, lives in Kharkov and Berlin.]

 Through the ass of this woman I saw the world. (On his series of photographs: “Superimpositions.”) 

Tina Modotti
[Photographer and political activist, b. 1896, Undine, Italy, d. 1942, Mexico City.]

 Always, when the words “art” and “artistic” are applied to my photographic work, I am disagreeably affected. This is due, surely, to the bad use and abuse made of those terms. I consider myself a photographer, nothing more. If my photographs differ from that which is usually done in this field, it is precisely because I try to produce not art but honest photographs, without distortions or manipulations. 

Subcommander Marcos (Rafael Sebastian Guillén Vicente)
[Professor and revolutionary, b. 1957, Tampico, Mexico, lives in Chiapas, Mexico.]

 For me it is clear that photography prizes should be for those being photographed and not for the photographers. 

Toni Morrison
[Writer, b. 1931, Lorain, Ohio, lives in Princeton, New Jersey.]

 At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.