Eleanor Callahan (née Knapp)
[Muse and model to husband Harry Callahan, b. 1916, Royal Oak, Michigan, d. 2012, Atlanta, Georgia.]

 He just liked to take the pictures of me. In every pose. Rain or shine. And whatever I was doing. If I was doing the dishes or if I was half asleep. And he knew that I never, never said no. I was always there for him. Because I knew that Harry would only do the right thing. 

Teilhard De Chardin
[Theologian, b. 1881, Auvergne, France, d. 1955, New York.]

 It often happens that what stares us in the face is the most difficult to perceive. 

William Claxton
[Photographer, b. 1927, Pasadena, California, d. 2008, Los Angeles.]

 Photography is jazz for the eyes. All I ask you to do is to listen with your eyes. 

Jean-François Chevrier
[Art historian, critic, and curator, b. 1954, Lyon, France, lives in Paris.]

 To look, to record, to inscribe, to reproduce, to imitate, to reveal, to imagine are for me the seven keys of photographic imagination. 

Teju Cole
[Writer and photographer, b. 1975, Kalamazoo, Michigan, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 Images make us think of other images. Photographs remind us of other photographs, and perhaps only the earliest photographs had a chance to evade this fate. 

Chuck Close
[Artist, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, lives in New York.]

 From my point of view, photography never got any better than it was in 1840. 

Robert Capa (Endre Ernő Friedmann)
[Photographer, b. 1913, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1954, Thai Binh, Vietnam.]

 You don’t have to pose your camera. The pictures are there, and you just take them. The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda. (On the Spanish Civil War, 1937) 

Larry Clark
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma, lives in New York.]

 I always wished I could be a painter or a filmmaker, anything but a fucking photographer. I certainly didn’t want to be in a photography gallery.