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. 

Albert Renger-Patzsch
[Artist, b. 1897, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, d. 1966, Wamel Dorf, Über Soest, West Germany.]

 Let us... leave art to the artists, and let us try to use the medium of photography to create photographs that can endure because of their photographic qualities. 

Terry Richardson
[Photographer, b. 1965, New York, lives in New York.]

 To me, my best pictures happen when I capture the spirit of Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown EP. 

Jacob Riis
[Photographer and reformer, b. 1849, Denmark, d. 1914, Barre, Massachusetts.]

 I do not want [photography] explained to me in terms of... formulas, learned, but so hopelessly unsatisfying. I do not want my butterfly stuck on a pin and put in a glass case. I want to see the sunlight on its wings as it flits from flower to flower and I don’t care a rap what its Latin name may be. 

Elaine Reichek
[Artist, b. 1969, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 I want to be the woman who put the kink in the straightness of photography. 

Oscar Rejlander
[Photographer, b. 1817, Sweden, d. 1875, London.]

 [Photography] is fair, open, and aboveboard. There is no sham about it—no pretensions to anything that is not desirable. And the world wouldn’t be without it, in all its branches—including the one I most practice, art-studies and details from the life. Though to me this branch of the art is unprofitable, yet it gives me pleasure. I live in it, if not by it. (1863) 

Paolo Roversi
[Photographer, b. 1947, Ravenna, Italy, lives in Paris.]

 My life is full of pictures I didn’t take, or that I just took with my mind because I wasn’t fast enough with the camera. 

Herb Ritts
[Photographer, b. 1952, Los Angeles, d. 2002, Los Angeles.]

 Today a lot of things are so celebrity-oriented; it’s only because it’s celebrity and the photograph is lost. To me it’s important to have an image that is a photograph first, not about necessarily who that person is.