Joan Fontcuberta
[Photographer, b. 1955, Barcelona, lives in Barcelona.]

 Photography… has lived under the tyranny of its subject matter: the object has exercised an almost total domination. 

James Welling
[Photographer, b. 1951, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in Los Angeles.]

 It’s not that I don’t care about content, but content is not the only way a photograph has meaning. 

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

 Subject matter is extremely important to the artist, because until he talks about something that really means something to him, the audience cannot see anything important or interesting. 

Pierre Bourdieu
[Sociologist, b. 1930, Denguin, France, d. 2002, Paris.]

 With the following subjects, is a photographer more likely to produce a beautiful, interesting, meaningless, or ugly photo?: a landscape; a car crash; a little girl playing with a cat; a pregnant woman; a still life; a woman breastfeeding; a metal structure; tramps quarreling; cabbages; a sunset over the sea; a weaver at his loom; a folk dance; a rope; a butcher’s stall; the bark of a tree; a famous monument; a scrapyard; a first communion; a wounded man; a snake; an ‘old master’. 

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

 By itself photography cannot deal with the unseen, the remote, the internal, the abstract, it does not speak of “Man,” only of “a man”; not of “Tree,” only “a tree.” 

Uta Barth
[Photographer, b. 1958, Berlin, lives in Los Angeles.]

 My work never directly addresses the literal subject matter of the photograph, but attempts to ask questions about vision itself. 

Harry Callahan
[Photographer, b. 1912, Detroit, Michigan, d. 1999, Atlanta, Georgia.]

 If you choose your subject selectively—intuitively—the camera can write poetry. 

Paul Graham
[Photographer, b. 1956, Stafford, England, lives in New York.]

 ...my photography doesn’t always fit into neat, coherent projects, so maybe I need to roll freeform around this world, unfettered, able to photograph whatever and whenever: the sky, my feet, the coffee in my cup, the flowers I just noticed, my friends and lovers, and, because it’s all my life, surely it will make sense? Perhaps. 
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