Oscar Wilde
[Writer, b. 1854, Dublin, d. 1900, Paris, France.]

 The camera, you know, will never capture you. Photography, in my experience, has the miraculous power of transferring wine into water. 

Andy Warhol
[Artist, b. 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 1987, New York.]

 My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person. 

Minor White
[Photographer, writer, and theorist, b. 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota, d. 1976, Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 The camera is first a means of self-discovery and a means of self-growth. The artist has one thing to say—himself. 

Tom Waits
[Musician, b. 1949, Pomona, California, lives in Sonoma County, California.]

 Photos are profound because they have such short lives. They are more like fingerprints, dead leaves, rain puddles, or the corpses of flies. 

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. 

Tennessee Williams
[Writer, b. 1911, Columbus, Mississippi, d. 1983, New York.]

 Everyone should know nowadays the unimportance of the photographic in art: that truth, life, or reality is an organic thing which the poetic imagination can represent or suggest, in essence, only through transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance. 

Marion Post Wolcott
[Photographer, b. 1910, Bloomfield, New Jersey, d. 1990, Santa Barbara, California.]

 Women are tough, supportive, sensitive, intelligent, and creative. They are survivors. Women have come a long way, but not far enough. Ahead still are formidable hurdles. Speak with your images from your heart and soul. Give of yourselves. Trust your gut reactions. Suck out the juices—the essence of your life experiences. Get on with it. It may not be too late. 

James Welling
[Photographer, b. 1951, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in Los Angeles.]

 There is a narrative behind every image. I often imagine being able to see the photographer standing behind the camera, or perhaps crouching or running with it.