[Artist, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York City, Montauk Point, New York, and Ngong Hills, Kenya.]
I am a parasite off beauty.
[Photographer, b. 1973, Norwalk, Connecticut, lives in Islington, England.]
I choose to live in peace and witness war—to experience the worst in people but to remember the beauty.
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]
Photographs can and do distress, but the aestheticizing tendency of photography is such that the medium which conveys distress ends by neutralizing it.
[Photographer, b. 1897, Berlin, Germany, d. 1969, Rome, Italy.]
Beauty is not pretty.
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]
...you don’t put an object in a museum because it’s beautiful; an object is beautiful because you put it in a museum. Everything is photogenic once it has been photographed.
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]
Color is vulgar, beauty is unimportant, and nature is trivial.
[Photographer, b. 1938, Ikeda-cho, Osaka, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]
Until a few years ago, I was able to stave off an awareness that there is not an ounce of beauty in the world, and that humanity is a thing of extreme hideousness. So I could shoot and believe in something. (1972)
[Artist, b. 1946, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 2015, Los Angeles.]
It’s about trying to frame something. And draw attention to it and say, “Here’s the beauty in this. I’m going to put a frame around it, and I think this is beautiful.” That’s what artists do. It’s really a pointing activity.