Malcolm Browne
[Journalist and photographer, b. 1931, New York, d. 2012, New Hampshire.]

 I had no point of view. I was concerned that [the photographs] be properly exposed, but since the subject was self-illuminated that wasn’t much of a problem. (On his 1963 photograph of self-immolation of South Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc.) 

Uta Barth
[Photographer, b. 1958, Berlin, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I have never been interested in making a photograph that describes what the world I live in looks like, but I am interested in what pictures (of the world) look like. 

William Blake
[Poet and artist, b. 1757, London, d. 1827, London.]

 Man is led to believe a lie, when he sees with, not through the eye. (Aphorism adopted by Edward Weston) 

Matthew Barney
[Artist, b. 1967, San Francisco, lives in New York.]

 I don’t think my work is so strange. It’s just a matter of having the discipline to go the whole way with an idea, to stretch it as far as it can go. 

Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 All we did was to turn back the time to a photography of precision which is superior to the human eye. 

Ruth Bernhard
[Photographer, b. 1905, Berlin, d. 2006, San Francisco.]

 I never look for a photograph. The photograph finds me and says, “I'm here!” and I say, “Yes, I see you. I hear you.” 

David Byrne
[Musician and artist, b. 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 …if photos can reproduce the world more perfectly than any painter, can capture an instant, a look, a gesture, then what makes a painting good anymore? Painting subverts this subversion of its traditional nature by redefining itself—art is idea, not simply skillful execution. So, a work can be crudely made, or even machine made—but it has to be practically and functionally useless. 

Jorge Luis Borges
[Writer, poet, and librarian, b. 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina, d. 1986, Geneva, Switzerland.]

 Image is sorcery.