Bertrand Russell
[Philosopher and social critic, b. 1872, Trellech, Monmouthshire, England, d. 1970, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales.]

 Memory demands an image. 

Thomas Roma
[Photographer, b. 1950, Brooklyn, New York, lives in Brooklyn.]

 Straight photography, following the medium, is intoxicating—trying to wrestle it into the form of a poem. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 To make a photograph is already the first artificial act. 

Adrienne Rich
[Feminist and writer, b. 1929, Baltimore, Maryland, d. 2012, Santa Cruz, California.]

 Whatever is unnamed, undepicted in images, whatever is omitted from biography, censored in collections of letters, whatever is misnamed as something else, made difficult to come by, whatever is buried in the memory by the collapse of meaning under an inadequate or lying language, this will become not merely unspoken, but unspeakable. 

Pipilotti Rist
[Artist, b. 1962, Reinthal, Switzerland, lives in Zurich and Los Angeles.]

 ... if we suffer from certain pictures or if we don’t want to have specific pictures, we have to invent our own pictures and cannot start from zero. 

Walter Rosenblum
[Photographer, b. 1919, New York, d. 2006, New York.]

 A photographer doesn’t just copy reality, but communicates to others what he or she experiences. 

Lou Reed
[Musician, b. 1942, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2013, Southampton, New York.]

 To wish for the crazy times one last time and freeze it in the memory of a camera is the least a great artist can do. 

Leni Riefenstahl
[Filmmaker and photographer, b. 1902, Berlin, Germany, d. 2003, Poecking, Germany.]

 Through my optimism I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life.