William Eggleston
[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

 Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other. 

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) 

Olafur Eliasson
[Artist, b. 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark, lives in Berlin, Germany.]

 Photographs have a relevance for things that cannot be said. 

Tod Papageorge
[Photographer, b. 1940, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lives in New Haven, Connecticut.]

 If your pictures are not good enough, you aren’t reading enough. 

Roland Barthes
[Writer, critic, and theorist, b. 1915, Cherbourg, d. 1980, Paris.]

 The image freezes an endless number of possibilities; words determine a single certainty... this is why all news photographs are captioned. 

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

 I don’t trust words. I trust pictures. 
 I’m proposing to you that photography is a language on its own, which is that when you look at images you do derive ideas; and I’m also proposing to you that you can derive ideas without going through words. So I’m forcing you to really look. And this process of looking, it’s like a new set of ideas that are being proposed to you. 

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

 Exile is a series of photographs without texts. 
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