Bob Richardson
[Photographer, b. 1928, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2005, New York.]

 I have always photographed loneliness because that is my life. 

Marc Riboud
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]

 I’m often asked: Did you get what you wanted? But how should I know what I wanted? A photo is an encounter, a surprise. 

Arthur Rothstein
[Writer, b. 1915, New York, d. 1985, New Rochelle, New York.]

 In conclusion, the idea of direction on the part of the photographer has its greatest value when its processes are least discernible to the spectator. 

Ed Ruscha
[Artist, b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska, lives in Los Angeles.]

 Yes, there’s a certain power to a photograph. The camera has a way of disorienting a person, if it wants to and, for me, when it disorients, it’s got real value. 

Joe Rosenthal
[Photographer, b. 1911, Washington, D.C., d. 2006, Novato, California.]

 It has been done in oils, water colors, pastels, chalk and match sticks. A float based on it won a prize in a Rose Bowl parade, and the flag-raising has been re-enacted by children, by gymnasts... and as a part of the Orange Bowl pageant in Miami. It has been sculpted in ice and in hamburger. (On his photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima.) 

Rankin (John Rankin Waddell)
[Photographer, b. 1966, Glasgow, Scotland, lives in London.]

 When you look at pornography, the women become objects, whereas what I’m trying to do is make the person in the photograph as important as their body. And obviously, I like tits and arse, because I just do. I like the sex of taking photographs. 

Arnulf Rainer
[Artist, b. 1929, Baden, Austria, lives in Enzenkirchen, Austria.]

 In 1968 I frequently would sit in a photo booth and practice self mirror images which I then documented photographically. Curious types would always open the curtains and chase me away. Today I work with a photographer. 

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

 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture.