Josef Sudek
[Photographer, b. 1896, Kolin, Czechoslovakia, d. 1976, Prague.]

 Everything around us, dead or alive, in the eyes of a crazy photographer mysteriously takes on many variations, so that a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings. And if the photographer has a bit of sense in his head maybe he is able to capture some of this—and I suppose that’s lyricism. 

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

 I focus on details, either of the body, or of objects that represent gender, sexuality, and other themes. 

Abigail Solomon-Godeau
[Writer and theorist, b. 1947, New York, lives in Santa Barbara, California.]

 In the final analysis, photography... is ever a hireling, ever the hired gun. 

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) 

Wallace Stevens
[Poet, b. 1879, Reading, Pennsylvania, d. 1955, Hartford, Connecticut.]

 Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good. 

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

 I never made a person look bad. They do that themselves. The portrait is your mirror. 

Malick Sidibé
[Photographer, b. 1935, Soloba, Mali, d. 2016, Bamako, Mali.]

 Man tried to imitate God by drawing; then we invented the photo. 

Lise Sarfati
[Photographer, b. 1958, Oran, Algeria, lives in Paris.]

 What I do is put mirrors in the right place to reflect an image.