August Sander
[Photographer, b. 1876, Herdorf, Germany, d. 1964, Cologne.]

 Nothing is more abhorrent to me than sugary-sweet photography full of pretense, poses, and gimmickry. For this reason, I have allowed myself to tell the truth about our times and people in a sincere manner. 

Phil Stern
[Photographer, b. 1919, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 2014, Los Angeles.]

 What is a photographer? Some dumb-fucking, uneducated, illiterate schmuck. 

Alec Soth
[Photographer, b. 1969, Minneapolis, Minnesota, lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.]

 Photography, for me, is a lot like web surfing in real life. 

Edward Steichen
[Photographer and curator, b. 1879, Luxembourg, Germany, d. 1973, West Redding, Connecticut.]

 It is an error common to many artists, [who] strive merely to avoid mistakes, when all our efforts should be to create positive and important work. Better positive and important with mistakes and failures than perfect mediocrity. 

Patti Smith
[Musician, artist, and writer, b. 1946, Chicago, Illinois, lives in Detroit and New York.]

 He found it was as easy to hurl beauty as anything else. (On Robert Mapplethorpe) 

Louis Stettner
[Photographer, b. 1922, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2016, Saint-Ouen, France.]

 The photographs that remain strong and alive seem to be when your vision and reality are so inexorably wedded together it is impossible to separate them. 

Erich Salomon
[Photographer, b. 1886, Berlin, Germany, d. 1944, Auschwitz, Poland.]

 The work of a press photographer who wants to be more than a journeyman is a continual struggle for his picture. Just as the hunter is obsessed by his passion for hunting, so the photographer is obsessed by the one photo he has his heart set on. It is a continual battle. (1931) 

Charles Sheeler
[Artist, b. 1883, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1965, Dobbs Ferry, New York.]

 Isn’t it amazing how photography has advanced without improving?