[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]
My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject.
[Filmmaker and Documentarian, b. 1930, Boston, Massachusetts, lives in Boston.]
The effort to see and really to represent is no idle business in face of the constant force that makes for muddlement. The great thing is indeed that the muddled state too is one of the very sharpest of the realities, that it also has color and form and character, has often in fact a broad and rich comicality.
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]
I get so confused about life photography art.
[Artist and activist, b. 1954, Redbank, New Jersey, d. 1990, New York.]
I am all emptiness and futility. I am an empty stranger, a carbon copy of my form. I can no longer find what I’m looking for outside of myself. It doesn’t exist out there. Maybe it’s only in here, inside my head. But my head is glass and my eyes have stopped being cameras, the tape has run out and nobody’s words can touch me.
[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.
[Artist, b. 1963, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]
If you ever make anything too literal you might as well forget it. It loses everything.
[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)
Carrie Mae Weems
[Artist, b. 1953, Portland, Oregon, lives in Syracuse, New York.]
Grabbing snatching blink and you be gone.