Joan Didion
[Writer, b. 1934, Sacramento, California, lives in New York.]

 ...[t]o shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. 

E. L. Doctorow
[Writer, b. 1931, New York, lives in New York.]

 I worry about images. Images are what things mean. 

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
[Artist, b. 1953, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in New York.]

 Photography is a foreign language everyone thinks he speaks. 

Marcel Duchamp
[Artist, b. 1887, Blainville, France, d. 1968, Neilly-sur-Seine, France.]

 It’s the viewer that makes the work. 

Philip K. Dick
[Writer, b. 1928, Chicago, Illinois, d. 1982, Santa Ana, California.]

 When do I see a photograph, when a reflection? 

Barbara DeGenevieve
[Photographer, artist, and curator, b. 1947, d. 2014, Chicago, Illinois.]

 As an academic I feel I should intellectualize and theoretically analyze when all I really want to do is let the work take me somewhere, manipulate me, and then rough me up a bit. When it comes right down to it, I only want to spend time with work that makes me think and teaches me something while making my body react. 

Louise Georgina Daguerre (né Arrowsmith)
[Wife of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, b. 1810, d. 1857.]

 He is always at thought; he cannot sleep at night for it. I am afraid he is out of his mind; do you, as a man of science, think it can every be done, or is he mad? (1827, to chemist J.B. Dumas on her husband’s efforts to invent photography.) 

Corinne Day
[Photographer, b. 1962, Ealing, West London, d. 2010, Denham, England.]

 [My brain tumor] was like a bungee jump into hell, like falling and falling forever. It was terrifying, I gave Mark my camera, and told him, “Photograph everything.”