Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
[Photographer, b. 1889, Brassó, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), d. 1984, Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, France.]

 What attracts the photographer is precisely the chance to penetrate inside phenomena, to uncover forms... He pursues them into their last refuges and surprises them at their most positive, their most material and true. 

Susan Meiselas
[Photographer, b. 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, lives in New York.]

 We know photographers make frames, but we deeply believe they can also create frameworks. 

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. 

Jeanloup Sieff
[Photographer, b. 1930, Paris, d. 2001, Paris.]

 I am totally superficial, I know. But I believe superficiality can be very serious, a defense against the gravity of things, a manner of discretion. 

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. 

Barbara Ess
[Photographer, b. 1948, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 I try to photograph what can’t be photographed—psychological or subjective reality, which seems more real than physical or consensual reality. 

Luigi Ghirri
[Photographer, b. 1943, Scandiano, Italy, d. 1992, Reggio Emilia, Italy.]

 The most important lesson I received from Conceptual art consisted in the recording of simple and obvious things, and viewing them under a whole new light. 

Richard Avedon
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 2004, San Antonio, Texas.]

 My photographs don’t go below the surface. They don’t go below anything. They’re readings of what’s on the surface. I have great faith in surfaces. A good one is full of clues. 
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