George Bernard Shaw
[Writer, critic, and dramatist, b. 1856, Dublin, d. 1950, Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.]

 The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off. 

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

 As small, quick, foolproof cameras became generally available, moreover, the camera has been used so much and so flabbily by so many people that it has acted as a sort of contraceptive on the ability to see. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 The camera which isolates a moment of agony isolates no more violently than the experience of that moment isolates itself. The word trigger, applied to the rifle and camera, reflects a correspondence which does not stop at the purely mechanical. The image seized by the camera is doubly violent... 

Bettina Rheims
[Photographer, b. 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, lives in Paris.]

 I was looking for something to make me want to get out of bed in the morning. But my then partner gave me a camera—with this square lens you had to hold on your stomach and look down on to focus—and when I looked through that little square, I knew I was home. 

Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 About ten years ago I asked myself extremely simple questions: What is photography? What is a camera exactly? What happens when it is left on its own? 

Leon Golub
[Artist, b. 1922, Chicago, Illinois, d. 2004, New York.]

 I am trying to make some kind of connection to what is going on in the world, to make some sort of contact. And I use the instruments that our modern world offers, these extraordinary instruments of photography and film and computers. 

Bruce Davidson
[Photographer, b. 1933, Oak Park, Illinois, lives in New York.]

 Most young boys have a buddy. I had a camera. I was pretty much a loner, and I was doomed to failure because I wasn’t interested in anything other than taking pictures and developing them in my darkroom. 

Howard Bingham
[Photographer and pal to Muhammad Ali, b. 1939, Jackson, Mississippi, d. 2016, Marina del Rey, California.]

 I have had the greatest of all blessings because my eye and my camera became the world’s window to this magnificent life. 
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