Vittorio Storaro
[Cinematographer, b. 1940, Rome, Italy, lives in Rome.]

 We are all made of flesh, of matter. And at the end, this matter is dissolved in light, and transformed into energy. It’s the Einstein formula. Energy is nothing but matter that is moving at the speed of light, squared. 

Larry Burrows
[Photographer, b. 1926, London, d. 1971, Laos.]

 I am very happy with the equipment I have. All I need is time and patience to use it to the fullest degree, plus God on my side to help with the lighting problems—to move the sun and the moon and the stars to the positions of my choice. 

Paolo Roversi
[Photographer, b. 1947, Ravenna, Italy, lives in Paris.]

 When I take a picture using window light, I always think about what a long trip the light is making to reach my subject. 

Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 Lately I’ve been struck with how I really love what you can’t see in a photograph. An actual physical darkness. And it’s very thrilling for me to see darkness again. 

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

 In music I still prefer the minor key, and in printing I like the light coming from the dark. I like pictures that surmount the darkness, and many of my photographs are that way. It is the way that I see photographically. For practical reasons, I think it looks better that way in print, too. 

Ruth Bernhard
[Photographer, b. 1905, Berlin, d. 2006, San Francisco.]

 Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends. 

Hiroshi Sugimoto
[Photographer, b. 1948, Tokyo, lives in New York.]

 I live in the shadow... I like shadow, that’s why I became a black and white photographer. 

Edouard Boubat
[Photographer, b. 1923, Paris, France, d. 1999, Paris.]

 Was it the same light that enchanted the first photographers? It is the same, and it is still brand new—it is something that never wears out. 
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