Justine Kurland
[Photographer, b. 1969, Warsaw, New York, lives mostly on the road.]

 There’s something political about creating a world that you want to exist. 

Catherine Opie
[Photographer, b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I concentrate on disturbing the devices that society imposes on variant communities to keep them “ghettoized” by class, race, sexuality, and gender. 

Gordon Parks
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas, d. 2006, New York.]

 I had known poverty firsthand, but there I learned how to fight its evil—along with the evil of racism—with a camera. 

Craig Owens
[Writer and critic, b. 1950, d. 1990.]

 Representation, then, is not—nor can it be—neutral; it is an act—indeed the founding act—of power in our culture. 

Stephen Colbert
[Satirist and television host, b. 1964, Washington, D.C., lives in New York.]

 Cameras are dangerous. With no waiting period or background check, any whack-job could just stroll into a Wal-Mart and walk out with a semi-automatic. Now, for years I’ve been pressing for stricter regulations on cameras, especially around our elected officials. Too many political lives have been cut short by some crazed shooter. 

Abigail Solomon-Godeau
[Writer and theorist, b. 1947, New York, lives in Santa Barbara, California.]

 In the final analysis, photography... is ever a hireling, ever the hired gun. 

Walter Benjamin
[Philosopher, critic, and theorist, b. 1892, Berlin, d. 1940, Port Bou, France.]

 Rather than ask, “What is the attitude of a work to the relations of production of its time?” I should like to ask, “What is its position in them.” 

Donna-Lee Phillips
[Photographer and critic, b. 1941, Winthrop Massachusetts, lives in Eureka, California.]

 Structuring information is ideological activity. 
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