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

 Look, Matisse I ain’t. You know how they have on the invitations, “a reception for the artist will be held at...” And I say, “Look, you gotta change this. I’m not an artist. I’m a photographer, a skilled craftsman.” 

Michael Snow
[Filmmaker, photographer, and artist, b. 1929, Toronto, Canada, lives in Toronto.]

 To extend the depth of what has been called ‘art’ into photography requires... making available to the spectator the amazing transformations the subject undergoes to become the photograph. 

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) 

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

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

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. 

Joachim Schmid
[Photographer and "professional looker", b. 1955, Balingen, Germany, lives in Berlin.]

 I think there are no meaningful images. Meanings are created outside of the image. 

David Salle
[Artist, b. 1952, Norman, Oklahoma, lives in New York and Bridgehampton, Long Island.]

 The pictures present an improvised view of life as normal. Life is shown as we think we see it but in fact never do. The pictures imitate life to find a way out. 

Cindy Sherman
[Artist, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 Some people have told me they remember the film that one of my images is derived from, but in fact I had no film in mind at all.