[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]
Probably I was never going to get out of National City, so I was going to show people what it’s like, to make art out of where I lived without glamorizing it, and with the idea that truth is beautiful, no matter how ugly it is. I drove around in the car shooting my pictures from the window, because I didn’t want to make the place more beautiful by setting my camera up with a tripod, getting the right light, and just the right composition. I wanted it just the way it is.
[Curator, critic, historian, and photographer, b. 1925, Ashland, Wisconsin, d. 2007, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.]
Pure photography is a system of picture-making that describes more or less faithfully what might be seen through a rectangular frame from a particular vantage point at a given moment.
[Photographer, b. 1939, Amersfoort, Holland, lives in Los Angeles, California.]
Once you take a picture, you frame something; the moment you frame it, you exclude things.
[Photographer, b. 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, lives in New York.]
We know photographers make frames, but we deeply believe they can also create frameworks.
[Writer, critic, and historian, b. 1941, Washington, D.C., lives in New York.]
Photographic cropping is always experienced as a rupture in the continuous fabric of reality.
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]
I don’t think very much about [composition] consciously, but I’m very aware of it unconsciously, instinctively. Deliberately discard it every once in a while not to be artistic. Composition is a schoolteacher’s word. Any artist composes. I prefer to compose originally, naturally rather than self-consciously. Form and composition both are terribly important.
[Artist, b. 1938, Electric City, Washington, d. 2011, New York.]
The photograph gives constant reference to the rectangle. This forces any idea into the confines of pictorial illusionism.
[Photographer, b. 1942, Teaneck, New Jersey, lives in San Francisco.]
In a still photograph you basically have two variables, where you stand and when you press the shutter. That’s all you have.