[Photographer, b. 1821, Paisley, Scotland, d. 1882, Washington, D.C.]
Verbal representations of such places or scenes may, or may not, have the merit of accuracy; but photographic presentments of them will be accepted by posterity with an undoubting faith.
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]
To collect photography is to collect the world.
[Media critic and sociologist, b. 1889, Frankfurt, Germany, d. 1966, New York.]
The question is whether the image decisively catches reality. (1930)
[Photographer, b. 1943, Scandiano, Italy, d. 1992, Reggio Emilia, Italy.]
Photography needs to do away with the idea of being a representation simply because it is always ‘an image’.
Alvin Langdon Coburn
[Photographer, b. 1882, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1966, Wales.]
Why should not the camera throw off the shackles of conventional representation? (1916)
[Artist, b. 1938, Electric City, Washington, d. 2011, New York.]
You can’t understand how strange it was to be a sculptor who exhibited photographs. (On exhibitions of his “earthworks” and land art pieces.)
[Writer and critic, lives in London.]
A photograph of the pyramids is an image-idea of the pyramids, it is not the pyramids.
Simone de Beauvoir
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1908, Paris, d. 1986, Paris.]
Representation of the world like the world itself is the work of men, they describe it from their point of view which they confuse with absolute truth.