Richard Misrach
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]

 I love the fact that a photograph is always open to interpretation—there is no fixed meaning. 

Aaron Siskind
[Photographer, b. 1903, New York, d. 1991, Providence, Rhode Island.]

 I want to bring my pictures to the ideal of music. Like music, it means everything, it says everything, but it is objective. 

Dorothea Lange
[Photographer, b. 1895, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1965, San Francisco.]

 ... it is not a factual photograph per se. The documentary photograph carries with it another thing, a quality in the subject that the artist responds to. It is a photograph which carries the full meaning of the episode or the circumstance or the situation that can only be revealed—because you can’t really recapture it—by this other quality. There is no real warfare between the artist and the documentary photographer. He has to be both. 

W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]

 The first word I would remove from the folklore of journalism is the word objective. 

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

 I can’t describe reality; at the most, I can try to capture things that seem to be valid, the way I see them. 

Stephen Shore
[Photographer, b. 1947, New York, lives in New York.]

 There’s something arbitrary about taking a picture. So I can stand at the edge of a highway and take one step forward and it can be a natural landscape untouched by man and I can take one step back and include a guardrail and change the meaning of the picture radically... I can take a picture of a person at one moment and make them look contemplative and photograph them two seconds later and make them look frivolous. 

David Hockney
[Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, lives in Bridlington, Yorkshire; London; and Los Angeles.]

 Photography hankers after the condition of the neutral observer. But there can be no such things as a neutral observer. For something to be seen, it must be looked at by somebody, and any true and real depiction must be an account of the experience of that looking. 

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

 …my role as a photographer is never that of an author, a chronicler, or a director; my role should be indistinguishable from those I photograph. 
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