James Agee
[Writer, b. 1909, Knoxville, Tennessee, d. 1955, New York.]

 The camera is just a machine, which records with impressive and as a rule very cruel faithfulness. 

John Steinbeck
[Writer, b. 1902, Salinas, California, d. 1968, Sag Harbor, New York.]

 I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. 

John Tagg
[Writer, theorist, and photohistorian, b. 1949, North Shields, England, lives in Ithica, New York.]

 Like the state, the camera is never neutral. The representations it produces are highly coded, and the power it wields is never its own. As a means of record, it arrives on the scene vested with a particular authority to arrest, picture, and transform daily life... This is not the power of the camera but the power of the apparatuses of the local state which deploy it and guarantee the authority of the images it constructs to stand as evidence or register a truth. 

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
[Artist, photographer, designer, and teacher, b. 1895, Bacsbarsod, Hungary, d. 1946, Chicago, Illinois.]

 The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike. (1936) 

William Wegman
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 I just imagined you were a camera. 

Matthew Brady
[Photographer, b. 1823, Warren County, New York, d. 1896, New York.]

 The camera is the eye of history. 

Lucy Lippard
[Critic and writer, b. 1936, New York, lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.]

 The camera was another weapon in the wars of domination. 

Julia Margaret Cameron
[Photographer, b. 1815, Calcutta, India, d. 1879, Kalutara, Ceylon.]

 From the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour, and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour. 
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