Jean François Millet
[Artist, b. 1814, Gruchy, France, d. 1875, Barbizon, France.]

 A photograph is analogous to a plaster cast taken from life, which is always inferior to a good statue. 

Lewis Baltz
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]

 I assumed from the outset that photography was already art, and that I and other people working in photography were artists. I understand now that this was a minority point of view. 

John Waters
[Filmmaker and photographer, b. 1946, Baltimore, Maryland, lives in Baltimore.]

 I hate it when people say, “I’m an artist.” I think, well, I’ll be the judge of that. And I don’t think “artist” is a job description. It’s a critique, a favorable critique, that someone else might apply to your work. I guess in the art world I’m not exactly a photographer, but I do use photography. 

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
[Artist, b. 1953, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in New York.]

 I find it very uninteresting, most of the time, to be involved in the art world... It’s just hard to spend that much time and that much effort on something that is enormously loaded with pretensions but everyone will admit has little or no effect on the world at large. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 I photograph what I do not wish to paint and I paint what I cannot photograph. 

Diana Vreeland
[Fashion editor, b. 1903, Paris, d. 1989, New York.]

 Photographers aren’t artists, for goodness sake. 

Jean-François Chevrier
[Art historian, critic, and curator, b. 1954, Lyon, France, lives in Paris.]

 I cannot understand why some people try to write a history of photography that is separated from the history of modern art. 

Pieter Hugo
[Photographer, b. 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa, lives in Cape Town.]

 I’m interested in photography because it sits somewhere between document and art. 
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