John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 Photos should suggest a word(s) and vice versa. They should be equal and interchangeable. 

James Agee
[Writer, b. 1909, Knoxville, Tennessee, d. 1955, New York.]

 If I could do it, I’d do no writing at all here. It would all be photographs. (In the 1941 book with photographs by Walker Evans Let Us Now Praise Famous Men) 

Gilles Peress
[Photographer, b. 1946, Neuilly, France, lives in New York.]

 I don’t trust words. I trust pictures. 

Louise Lawler
[Artist, b. 1947, Bronxville, New York, lives in New York.]

 A photograph is one kind of information. It can be made more or less explicit with a text. You are told “some things” about “something”; never everything. By being “told” you hopefully are more aware that someone is “telling”; choices have been made and can continue to be made. 

Neil Postman
[Writer and media critic, b. 1931, New York, d. 2003, Queens, New York.]

 You can only photograph a fragment of the here and now. The photograph presents the world as object; language, the world as idea. 

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

 If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug a camera. 

Frederick Sommer
[Photographer, b. 1905, Angri, Italy, d. 1999, Prescott, Arizona.]

 Words represent images: nothing can be said for which there is no image. 

William J. T. Mitchell
[Writer, theorist, and architect, b. 1944, Melbourne, Australia, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a “photography.” 
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