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) 

Thomas Merton
[Writer, monk, and philosopher, b. 1915, Prades, France, d. 1968, Bangkok, Thailand.]

 ... Nothing resembles reality less than the photograph. Nothing resembles substance less than its shadow. To convey the meaning of something substantial you have to use not a shadow but a sign, not the limitation but the image. The image is a new and different reality, and of course it does not convey an impression of some object, but the mind of the subject; and that is something else again. 

André Malraux
[Writer, critic, and politician, b. 1901, Paris, d. 1975, Paris.]

 The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of the earth and the galaxy of the stars but that in this prison we can fashion images of ourselves sufficiently powerful to deny our nothingness. 

Robert Mapplethorpe
[Photographer, b. 1946, Floral Park, Long Island, d. 1989, Boston, Massachusetts.]

 My work is about seeing—seeing things like they haven’t been seen before. 

Tracey Moffatt
[Photographer, b. 1960, Brisbane, Australia, lives in New York.]

 I am not concerned with verisimilitude... I am not concerned with capturing reality. I am concerned with creating it myself. 

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

 I’m just a photographer. I’ve been on this journey that started with photographing what I loved the most, and what I loved the most. 

Vik Muniz
[Artist, b. 1961, Sao Paulo, Brazil, lives in New York.]

 Illusions as bad as mine make people aware of the fallacies of visual information and the pleasure to be derived from such fallacies. 

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.