Nan Goldin
[Photographer, b. 1953, Washington, D.C., lives in New York and Paris.]

 Where is the line between life and photographing life? 

Jeff Wall
[Photographer, b. 1946, Vancouver, Canada, lives in Vancouver.]

 In some way [my photographs] claim to be a plausible account of, or a report on, what the events depicted are like, or were like, when they passed without being photographed. (On his “near documentary” images.) 

Jonathan Green
[Writer, photographer, and curator, b. 1939, lives in Riverside, California.]

 It was consistent with the social and psychological upheavals of the sixties that a documentary focus should emerge that looked at them less newsworthy, internal aspects of the new culture... The obsessions of sixties photography were ruthless: alienation, deformity, sterility, insanity, sexuality, bestial and mechanical violence, and obscenity. 

Bertolt Brecht
[Dramatist, director and poet, b. 1898, Augsburg, Germany, d. 1956, East Berlin.]

 The tremendous development of photojournalism has contributed practically nothing to the revelation of the truth about the conditions in this world. On the contrary, photography, in the hands of the bourgeoisie, has become a terrible weapon against the truth. The vast amount of pictured material that is being disgorged daily by the press and that seems to have the character of truth serves in reality only to obscure the facts. The camera is just as capable of lying as the typewriter. (1931) 

Larry Clark
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma, lives in New York.]

 ... I wanted to be a storyteller, tell a story. Which I hate to even admit to now, because I hate photojournalism so badly. 

Anthony Hernandez
[Photographer, b. 1947, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 Nobody else was looking. And that’s why people will see what I’ve seen... that’s what I’ve forced them to do with these pictures. 

Robert Frank
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland, lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and New York.]

 The truth is somewhere between the documentary and the fictional, and that is what I try to show. What is real one moment has become imaginary the next. You believe what you see now, and the next second you don’t anymore. 

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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