André Kertész
[Photographer, b. 1894, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1985, New York.]

 I do not document anything. I give an interpretation. 

Berenice Abbott
[Photographer, writer, teacher, b. 1898, Springfield, Ohio, d. 1991, Monson, Maine.]

 I have yet to see a fine photograph which is not a good document. 

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. 

Martha Rosler
[Artist, b. 1943, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 Documentary is a little like horror movies, putting a face on fear and transforming threat into fantasy, into imagery. One can handle imagery by leaving it behind. (It is them, not us.) 

William Eggleston
[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

 I don’t have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It’s not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn’t do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. 

Jean-Luc Godard
[Filmmaker, b. 1930, Paris, lives in Rolle, Switzerland.]

 Reportage is interesting only when placed in a fictional context, but fiction is interesting only if it is validated by a documentary context. 

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

 When you say “documentary,” you have to have a sophisticated ear to receive that word. It should be documentary style, because documentary is police photography of a scene and a murder ... that’s a real document. You see, art is really useless, and a document has use. And therefore, art is never a document, but it can adopt that style. I do it. I’m called a documentary photographer. But that presupposes a quite subtle knowledge of this distinction. 

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. 
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