Rosalind Krauss
[Writer, critic, and historian, b. 1941, Washington, D.C., lives in New York.]

 Everything that one photographs is in fact “flattened to fit” paper, and thus under, within, permeating, every paper support, there is a body. 

John Divola
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I want things to be dumb and obvious and flat-footed, but to address the most ambitious possible iconography. 

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
[Artist, b. 1953, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in New York.]

 Photography... unites the obvious and the unconscious at the level of the limimal—the border between what we see and what we suspect. 

Gilles Peress
[Photographer, b. 1946, Neuilly, France, lives in New York.]

 How do you make the unseen seen? 

Alan Trachtenberg
[Writer and critic, b. b. 1932, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Hamden, Connecticut.]

 Now we distrust depths, interiors, hidden truths. Meanings lie on surfaces, artifacts of an occasion rather than truths about persons. 

Franz Kafka
[Writer, b. 1883, Prague, d. 1924, Prague.]

 Photography concentrates one’s eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can’t catch that even with the sharpest lens. One has to grope for it by feeling. 

Susie Linfield
[Writer and critic, New York, lives in New York.]

 The best photographic portraits, like the best painted portraits, present us not with biographical information but with a soul. 

Shimon Attie
[Photographer, b. 1957, Los Angeles, lives in New York.]

 I think of my work as a kind of peeling back of the wallpaper of today to reveal the histories buried underneath. 
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