[Artist and filmmaker, b. 1945, Düsseldorf, lives in Berlin.]
I think seeing happens partly through the eyes, but not entirely.
[Writer and poet, b. 1871, Sète, France, d. 1945, Paris.]
Thanks to photography, the eye grew accustomed to anticipate what it should see and to see it; and it learned not to see nonexistent things which, hitherto, it had seen so clearly.
[Writer, b. 1903, Neuilly, France, d. 1977, Los Angeles.]
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
[Photographer, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York.]
Arriving at the rim of this famous landmark, they shuffle about, searching for a sign that says “shoot here.” With one pre-set image labeled GRAND CANYON in their minds, blinding them to what lies below, they search for the one and only “right” spot to stand.
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
[Artist, b. 1913, Buffalo, New York, d. 1967, New York.]
The eye is a menace to clear sight.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
[Photographer, b. 1902, Mexico City, d. 2002, Mexico City.]
A photographer’s main instrument is his eyes. Strange as it may seem, many photographers choose to use the eyes of another photographer, past or present, instead of their own. Those photographers are blind.
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]
I work rather blindly. I have a theory that seems to work with me that some of the best things you ever do sort of come through you. You don’t know where you get the impetus and response to what’s before your eyes.