Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 

David Maisel
[Photographer, b. 1961, New York, lives in San Francisco.]

 ...we no longer trust beauty as a serious means of investigation. But it can be... In fact, beauty can be incendiary; it can be subversive; it can make us cringe. The kind of beauty that interests me most is one that possesses an element of terror, an awful beauty—beauty not as salve, but as a weapon of sorts. 

Arnold Genthe
[Photographer, b. 1869, Berlin, Germany, d. 1942, New York.]

 The tremendous development of the camera in recent years has been remarkable. Now almost anyone can take pictures, and most of them are doing it. But it is rather like giving a 6-year-old a pistol. (1937) 

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. 

Walker Evans
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]

 I don’t like the label that I unconsciously earned of being a social protest artist. I never took it upon myself to change the world. And those contemporaries of mine who were going around falling for the idea that they were going to bring down the United States government and make a new world were just asses to me. 
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