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. 

Sophie Ristelhueber
[Photographer, b. 1949, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 We have at our disposal modern techniques for seeing everything, apprehending everything, yet we see nothing. 

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

 I just use [the camera]. I just pick it up like an axe when I’ve got to chop down a tree. I pick up a camera and go out and shoot the pictures I have to shoot. 

Rainer Maria Rilke
[Writer and poet, b. 1875, Prague, d. 1926, Montreux, Switzerland.]

 Oh quickly disappearing photograph in my more slowly disappearing hand. 

Bettina Rheims
[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. 

Joshua Reynolds
[Artist, b. 1723, Plympton, Devonshire, England, d. 1792, London.]

 A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts. 

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. 

Eugene Richards
[Photographer, b. 1944, Dorchester, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 I’m often uncomfortable taking pictures, especially if people are grieving, or hurt, or hungry. At such times I have to remind myself that I’m a photographer and that this is my job.