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. 

Orson Welles
[Filmmaker, b. 1915, Kenosha, Wisconsin, d. 1985, Hollywood, California.]

 The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world. 

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. 

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

 Meaning does not interest me and has almost nothing to do with my decisions or judgments. 

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. 

Peter Wollen
[Writer, theorist, filmmaker, b. 1938, London, lives in Los Angeles.]

 The aesthetic discussion of photography is dominated by the concept of time. Photographs appear as devices stopping time and preserving fragments of the past, like flies in amber. 

Gillian Wearing
[Artist, b. 1963, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]

 If you ever make anything too literal you might as well forget it. It loses everything. 

Carrie Mae Weems
[Artist, b. 1953, Portland, Oregon, lives in Syracuse, New York.]

 I got my first camera when I was 21—my boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday. But at that point politics was my life, and I viewed the camera as a tool for expressing my political beliefs rather than as an art medium.