Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photographs attract false beliefs the way flypaper attracts flies. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 The fact is that these are not my children; they are figures on silvery paper slivered out of time. They represent my children at a fraction of a second on one particular afternoon with infinite variables of light, expression, posture, muscle tension, mood, wind and shade. These are not my children at all; these are children in a photograph. 

Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photographs may be taken—but we are also taken in by them. 

Sylvia Plachy
[Photographer, b. 1943, Budapest, Hungary, lives in New York.]

 Every photo is almost a fiction or a dream. If it’s really good, it’s another form of life. 

Robert Rauschenberg
[Artist, b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida.]

 I like photographs of anything uninteresting. Maybe just two doors on a wall... The point is to be uninteresting. 

Daido Moriyama
[Photographer, b. 1938, Ikeda-cho, Osaka, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]

 For me photographs are taken in the eye before you’ve even thought what they mean. That’s the reality I’m interested in capturing. 

Richard Misrach
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]

 I love the fact that a photograph is always open to interpretation—there is no fixed meaning. 

Paul Theroux
[Writer, b. 1941, Medford, Massachusetts, lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Haleiwa, Hawaii.]

 “I’ve never seen Marilyn like that before,” a critic once said to me. “That’s not Marilyn,” I said. “It’s a picture.” 
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