Philip Jones Griffiths
[Photojournalist, b. 1936, Rhuddian, Wales, d. 2008, London.]
Content alone is propaganda; form alone is wallpaper.
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas, d. 2006, New York.]
I have always felt as though I needed a weapon against evil.
Clarence John Laughlin
[Photographer, b. 1905, Lake Charles, Louisiana, d. 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana.]
Let us see as steadily and completely as possible the realities of our age: the wasted lives, the scattered and misused resources (human and material), the steel magic of the misdirected machinery, the mad clockwork tragedy of it all.
[Writer and theorist, b. 1929, Reims, France, d. 2007, Paris.]
For the heavenly fire no longer strikes depraved cities, it is rather the lens which cuts through ordinary reality like a laser, putting it to death.
W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]
In printing the photographs of the white-gowned Klan members I ran into considerable difficulty. There were several with uncovered faces and these faces were vividly dark in comparison to the white-white of the gowns that it was almost impossible to keep them from appearing black. I am terribly sorry. (Apology to his editor about images from his 1951 photo essay on the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.)
[Photographer and reformer, b. 1849, Denmark, d. 1914, Barre, Massachusetts.]
When the report was submitted to the Health Board the next day, it did not make much of an impression—these things rarely do, put in mere words—until my negatives, still dripping from the dark-room, came to reinforce them. From them there was no appeal. (1918)
[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.
[Photographer, b. 1948, Syracuse, New York, lives in New York.]
I used to call myself a war photographer. Now I consider myself as an antiwar photographer.