Otto Wöhler
[Military leader, b. 1894, Burgwedel, Germany, d. 1987, Burgwedel.]

 No photographs will be made of such abominable excesses and no report of them will be given in letters home. The production and the distribution of such photographs and reports on such incidents are looked upon as undermining the decency and discipline in the armed forces and will be severely punished. All existing photographs and reports on such excesses are to be confiscated together with the negatives and are to be sent to the Ic counterintelligence officer of the army giving the name of the producer or distributor. (July 1941 order to German 11th Army troops operating on the eastern front with holocaust killing squad Einsatzgruppe D, 1941) 

Jeff Wall
[Photographer, b. 1946, Vancouver, Canada, lives in Vancouver.]

 One paradox I have found is that, the more you use computers in picture-making, the more “hand-made” the picture becomes. Oddly, then, digital technology is leading, in my work at least, toward a greater reliance on handmaking because the assembly and montage of the various parts of the picture is done very carefully by hand. 

Jamie Wyeth
[Artist, b. 1946, Wilmington, Delaware, lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.]

 When painting portraits a lot of people say, “Why not get a photograph of the person?” Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the ‘click’ of a snapshot. 

Henry Wessel
[Photographer, b. 1942, Teaneck, New Jersey, lives in San Francisco.]

 The process of photographing is a pleasure: eyes open, receptive, sensing, and at some point, connecting. It’s thrilling to be outside your mind, your eyes far ahead of your thoughts. 

Alex Webb
[Photographer, b. 1952, San Francisco, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 ... the possibility of one particular photographer’s pictures lying around the corner is never realized until the photographer is there. It’s one of the enigmas of photography. 

Elie Wiesel
[Writer and activist, b. 1928, Sighet, Romania, lives in New York.]

 Sometimes I think I prefer the storyteller in [Roman Vishniac] to the photographer. But aren’t they one and the same? 

Francis Wey
[Writer, member de la Société héliographique, b. 1812, Switzerland, d. 1882, Paris.]

 [Photography] is the seed of a revolution against the system of stencillers, to the benefit of reality... it would seem already that the public, more desirous of the truth, is growing less demanding in terms of preconceived ideas of style and beauty, and displaying curiosity toward the cult of the real. (1851) 

Albert Watson
[Photographer, b. 1942, Edinburgh, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 Really good portraiture is a two-way street where someone is throwing little gems out and you’re grabbing them. Very few people have a 100 percent fluency in being able to do to do this—this kind of magical reaction with a camera.