Thomas Ruff
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]

 I received my training at an art academy, so what I produce is art. That’s what is artistic about my photographs. 

Peter Henry Emerson
[Writer and photographer, b. 1856, LaPalma, Cuba, d. 1936, Falmouth, Cornwall, England.]

 The photographer does not make his picture—a machine does it all for him. (1891, in a recantation of his earlier advocacy of photography as art.) 

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

 I wanted to make pictures that felt natural, that felt like seeing, that didn’t feel like taking something in the world and making a piece of art out of it. 

Jerry Uelsmann
[Photographer, b. 1934, Detroit, Michigan, lives in Gainesville, Florida.]

 The goal of the artist is not to resolve life’s mysteries, but to deepen them. 

Vito Acconci
[Artist, b. 1940, Bronx, New York, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 ...people talking about a famous artwork have often seen only photographs of it. So some of us started asking, “Where does the art reside? In that unique object, or in the photographs?” 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 Photography, though not an art form in itself, has the peculiar capacity to turn all its subjects into works of art. 

Chris Burden
[Artist, b. 1946, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 2015, Los Angeles.]

 It’s about trying to frame something. And draw attention to it and say, “Here’s the beauty in this. I’m going to put a frame around it, and I think this is beautiful.” That’s what artists do. It’s really a pointing activity. 

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. 
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