Paul Theroux
[Writer, b. 1941, Medford, Massachusetts, lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Haleiwa, Hawaii.]

 Tonight, I knew despair. Photography wasn’t an art, it was a craft, like making baskets. Error, the essential wrinkle in the fiber of art, was inexcusable in a craft. 

Marius de Zayas
[Artist, b. 1880, Veracruz, Mexico, d. 1961, Greenwich, Connecticut.]

 Photography is beginning to be photography, for until now it has only been art. (1923) 

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. 

Douglas Crimp
[Writer, theorist and critic, b. 1944, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, lives in Rochester, New York.]

 ...nearly 150 years after its invention in the 1830s, photography was discovered, discovered to have been art all the while. 

Victor Burgin
[Artist and writer, b. 1941, Sheffield, England, lives in London.]

 A job the artist does which no-one else does is to dismantle existing communication codes and to combine some of their elements into structures which can be used to generate new pictures of the world. 

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

 Is photography an art? There is no point in trying to find out if it is an art. Art is old-fashioned. We need something else. 

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

 Photography has nothing whatsoever to do with art. But it is an art for all that. 

Philip Jones Griffiths
[Photojournalist, b. 1936, Rhuddian, Wales, d. 2008, London.]

 Real photography is a wonderfully inclusive, democratic medium, whereas “art photography” is more often a private pursuit by conmen. 
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