David Hockney
[Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, lives in Bridlington, Yorkshire; London; and Los Angeles.]

 I’ve always said that the only thing a photograph is good at capturing faithfully is another flat surface. 

Rineke Dijkstra
[Photographer, b. 1959, Sittard, The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam.]

 It’s like Diane Arbus said, you are looking for the “gap between intention and effect.” People think that they present themselves one way, but they cannot help but show something else as well. It’s impossible to have everything under control. 

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

 Why is everyone addicted to prepackaged spectacular moments, as if that’s all that’s worth photographing? 

Ishiuchi Miyako
[Photographer, b. 1947, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]

 I cannot stop [taking photographs of scars] because they are so much like a photograph… They are visible events, recorded in the past. Both the scars and the photographs are the manifestation of sorrow for the many things which cannot be retrieved... 

Robert Frank
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland, lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and New York.]

 You can photograph anything now. 

Susie Linfield
[Writer and critic, lives in New York.]

 Photographs excel, more than any other form of either art or journalism, in offering an immediate, viscerally emotional connection to the world…. [We] turn to photographs… for a glimpse of what cruelty, or strangeness, or beauty, or agony, or love, or disease, or natural wonder, or artistic creation, or depraved violence, looks like. 

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. 

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

 You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. 
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