John Divola
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 In all my work there’s this notion of the melancholic. You can make a photograph about the sublime, but you can’t make the sublime itself. 

E. L. Doctorow
[Writer, b. 1931, New York, lives in New York.]

 Images break with a small ping, their destruction is as wonderful as their being, they are essentially instruments of torture exploding through the individual’s calloused capacity to feel undifferentiated emotions full of longing and dissatisfaction and monumentality. 

Marcel Proust
[Writer, b. 1871, Auteuil, Paris, d. 1922, Paris.]

 Photography is the product of complete alienation. 

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

 I attempt to channel my anger into the tip of my forefinger as I press the shutter. 

Brian Duffy
[Photographer, b. 1933, London, d. 2010, London.]

 One of the great problems with photography is that any twat you give a camera to can take a photograph. What that does to the photographer is immediately create an inferiority complex within him because anyone can do it, which of course they can. 

Aaron Siskind
[Photographer, b. 1903, New York, d. 1991, Providence, Rhode Island.]

 There are two forces operating in my work: pleasure and terror. 

Gregory Crewdson
[Photographer, b. 1962, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New Haven Connecticut.]

 Photography is a lonely endeavor, and I think all photographers are in one way or another drawn to the medium by kind of an alienated viewpoint. 

Shomei Tomatsu
[Photographer, b. 1930, Nagoya, Japan, d. 2012, Okinawa, Japan.]

 In short, [photography] is a matter of turning loneliness into thoughts. 
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