Ralph Steiner
[Photographer, b. 1899, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire.]

 There are only two hard things in photography; which way to point the camera and when to release the shutter. 

Paul Simon
[Musician, b. 1941, Newark, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 Kodachrome, it gives us those nice bright colors
Gives us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph
So momma, don’t take my Kodachrome away. 

Sandy Skoglund
[Photographer, b. 1946, Quincy, Massachusetts, lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.]

 The idea of making [conceptual] art was not a good way to approach things... Instead I saw myself as trying to make something that my relatives could understand. 

Rebecca Solnit
[Writer, b. 1961, San Francisco, lives in San Francisco.]

 ...the questions a photographer raises may be more profound than the answers the medium permits. 

Rosalind Fox Solomon
[Photographer, b. 1930, Highland Park, Illinois, lives in New York.]

 When I photograph an individual, I want to connect with her or his interior. I’m not looking for the outer coating. 

Lorna Simpson
[Artist, b. 1960, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 The only thing I can hope the viewer will get from the work is something about the structure of the work. It would be asking too much, I think, for them to get my exact intention. But if—through the construct of language, the way things are juxtaposed—there is some sort of disruption of the way you would normally go about reaching photographic images... if that is happening, that’s fine. 

Beat Streuli
[Photographer and visual artist, b. 1957, Altdorf, Switzerland, lives in Zurich and Brussels.]

 ...I don’t see myself as a documentary photographer. I am more drawn to the image itself, rather than to the description of a scene. And, anyway, every image only halfway represents reality, whereas the other half is rather, more or less, fulfilling our imagination. 

Taryn Simon
[Photographer, b. 1975, New York, lives in New York.]

 There are multiple truths attached to every image.