Henry Peach Robinson
[Photographer, b. 1830, Ludlow, Shropshire, England, d. 1901, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.]
The aim and end of the artist is not truth exactly, much less fact; it is effect... There is no doubt he [the photographer] best gets his effect by way of truth, but he uses it as he would a servant, not a master.
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]
The idea of photography as evidence is pure bullshit. A photo is no more proof of any reality than what you may hear being said by someone in a bus. We only record details, small fragments of the world.
[Photographer, b. 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, lives in Paris.]
I shoot women because I know them…. It’s more exciting for me to penetrate a woman’s mind. It’s like doing a self-portrait.
[Photographer, b. 1933, Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in New York and Paris.]
After I have photographed the way I like to, I feel as I might if I had been making love all day, marvelous and exhausted and wanting to collapse on the floor in a heap. That’s why I can’t photograph just anybody, and why it’s so hard to photograph people on assignment; it’s like going to bed with someone not of my choosing.
[Artist, b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska, lives in Los Angeles.]
Above all, the photographs I use are not “arty” in any sense of the word. I think photography is dead as fine art; its only place is in the commercial world, for technical or information purposes.
[Artist, b. 1930, Hannover, Germany, d. 1998, Basel, Switzerland.]
An eyewitness account is evidence that an artist has proposed a work of art. But documentary evidence (i.e. a photograph) is more conclusive.
[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.
[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.)