Richard Hennessy
[Artist and critic, b. 1941, lives in New York.]

 Photography bears the same relationship to fine art that figure skating does to ballet. (1979) 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Tristan Tzara (Sami Rosenstock)
[Writer and artist, b. 1896, Moineti, Bacu, Romania, d. 1963, Paris.]

 But let’s speak of art for a moment. Yes, art. I know a gentleman who makes excellent portraits. This gentleman is a camera. 

Auguste Rodin
[Artist, b. 1840, Paris, France, d. 1917, Paris.]

 Mere exactitude, of which photography and moulage [life casting] are the lowest forms, does not inspire feelings. 

James Joyce
[Writer, b. 1882, Rathgar, Ireland, d. 1941, Zurich, Switzerland.]

 He dwelt, being a bit of an artist in his spare time, on the female form in general developmentally because, as it so happened, no later than that afternoon he had seen those Grecian statues, 1450 perfectly developed as works of art, in the National Museum. Marble could give the original, shoulders, back, all the symmetry, all the rest... Whereas no photo could because it simply wasn’t art in a word. 

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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