Anthony Hernandez
[Photographer, b. 1947, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 My work may be beautiful or it might not be, that just isn’t what I am concerned with. I try to be open and face the city... To me it’s not unpleasant or unbeautiful, it’s just life—which has to be threatening sometimes if it is going to be interesting. 

bell hooks
[Educator and writer, b. 1952, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, lives in New York.]

 For black folks, the camera provided a means to document a reality that could, if necessary, be packed, stored, moved from place to place... [Photography] offered a way to contain memories, to overcome loss, to keep history. 

John Herschel
[Mathematician, astronomer, and discoverer that hyposulphite of soda fixes photographs, b. 1792, Slough, Buckinghamshire, England, d. 1871, Hawkhurst, Kent, England.]

 It is hardly too much to call [daguerreotypes] miraculous. Certainly they surpass anything I could have conceived as within the bounds of reasonable expectation... I cannot commend you better than to come and see. Excuse this ebullition! (To William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839.) 

John Hoagland
[Photojournalist, b. 1947, San Diego, California, d. 1984, El Salvador.]

 I don’t believe in objectivity. Everyone has a point of view. But I won’t be a propagandist for anyone. If you do something right, I’m going to take your picture. If you do something wrong, I’m going to take your picture also. 

Robert Heinecken
[Photographer, b. 1931, Denver, d. 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico.]

 Some of my enthusiasm for the [found] photograph was based on the fact that there was some residual illusion of reality in it always, no matter what I did to it. 

Langston Hughes
[Writer, b. 1902, Joplin, Missouri, d. 1967, New York.]

 Anyday, one can walk down the street in a big city and see a thousand people. Any photographer can photograph these people—but very few photographers can make their prints not only reproductions of the people taken, but a comment upon them—or more, a comment upon their lives—or more still, a comment upon the social order that creates these lives. 

Candida Höfer
[Photographer, b. 1944, Eberswalde, Germany, lives in Cologne, Germany.]

 I do my work. My work is my statement. Generally, I think, there is too much interest in what an artist has to say. Or what she or he looks like, instead of what she or he does. 

Lewis Hine
[Photographer, writer, and reformer, b. 1874, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, d. 1940, New York.]

 In the early days of my child labor activities I was an investigator with a camera attachment... but the emphasis became reversed until the camera stole the whole show.