Glenn Ligon
[Artist, b. 1960, Bronx, New York, lives in New York.]

 Even with a million cameras, there’s no such thing—for certain groups of citizens—as evidence. 

Paul Valéry
[Writer and poet, b. 1871, Sète, France, d. 1945, Paris.]

 The mere notion of photography, when we introduce it into our meditation on the genesis of historical knowledge and its true value, suggests the simple question: Could such and such a fact, as it is narrated here, have been photographed? 

Judith Butler
[Philosopher and theorist, b. 1956, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Berkeley, California.]

 The critical image... must not only fail to capture its referent, but show its failure. 

Bert Hardy
[Photographer, b. 1913, London, d. 1995, Oxted, England.]

 I made a point of carrying a contact print of one of the most horrifying of my photographs around with me to show to Germans who didn’t believe that such things had really happened. (On the Nazi concentration camps) 

Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photographs attract false beliefs the way flypaper attracts flies. 

Gilles Peress
[Photographer, b. 1946, Neuilly, France, lives in New York.]

 I don’t care so much anymore about “good photography,” I am gathering evidence for history. 

Stephen Shore
[Photographer, b. 1947, New York, lives in New York.]

 It’s the bane of my existence that I see photography not as a way of recording personal experience particularly, but as this process of exploring the world and the medium. I have to be reminded, “It’s your son’s birthday party. Bring a camera.” And then, when I’m there, “Take a picture,” because it doesn’t occur to me to use it as this memorializing thing. 

Laurie Simmons
[Photographer, b. 1949, Long Island, New York, lives in New York.]

 People are much more willing nowadays to believe that pictures lie than [that] they can express any kind of truth. 
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