Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 I saw a man lying on the steps of a church on Lex Ave under a sign saying Open for Meditation and Prayer with his fly open and his penis out. I couldn’t ask him to sign a release. Could you? (To her magazine editor) 

Bill Owens
[Photographer, b. 1938, San Jose, California, lives in Hayward, California.]

 I had no money. I couldn’t make a living. Then one day I found my Nikon under the seat of my car and I realized I wasn’t a photographer anymore. 

Robert Doisneau
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]

 It’s superficial, easy to sell, une image pute, a prostituted picture. (On his image Le Baiser de le Hotel de Ville—“The Kiss in Front of City Hall.”) 

Platon (Platon Rivellis)
[Photographer, b. 1968, London, lives in New York.]

 When I was shooting Karl Rove, I said to him, “Mr. Rove, I’m just a guy from England trying to make it in America. Can you give me any advice?” and he said to me, “Sonny, if you’re shooting me, you’ve already made it.” 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 Walk down a street of private galleries—but it is unnecessary to describe the dealers with their faces like silk purses. Everything they say is said to disguise their proper purpose. If you could fuck works of art as well as buy them, they would be pimps. 

Cindy Sherman
[Artist, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 One reason I was interested in photography was to get away from the preciousness of the art object. 

Philip Jones Griffiths
[Photojournalist, b. 1936, Rhuddian, Wales, d. 2008, London.]

 When Bill Gates started Corbis we were told that he needed images to fill those “digital picture frames” in his home, and many found this plausible. But now it’s pretty clear that he’s set out to control the visual history of the twentieth century. 

Paul Strand
[Photographer, b. 1890, New York, d. 1976, Oregeval, France.]

 If Ansel Adams gets a thousand dollars a print, I want ten thousand. 
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