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

 I find a howling error in composition, because something is in the wrong place, and I leave it there. God arranged that; I wouldn’t touch it. 

Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Quite often photographs gain power from what is omitted from the frame rather than from what is included. 

Robbert Flick
[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. 

Anders Petersen
[Photographer, b. 1944, Solna, Sweden, lives in Stockholm.]

 I don’t care so much about form. Perhaps I did in the beginning, a long time ago. But now I just want to be as straight and simple and as true as possible. 

Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. 

Rosalind Krauss
[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. 

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

 [Composition is] as closely tied up with the body of the picture as veins and muscles are articulated with the human body. 

Ernst Haas
[Photographer, b. 1921, Vienna, Austria, d. 1986, New York City.]

 My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right. 
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