Robert Mapplethorpe
[Photographer, b. 1946, Floral Park, Long Island, d. 1989, Boston, Massachusetts.]

 Perfection means you don’t question anything about the photograph. 

John Loengard
[Photographer, editor, and critic, b. 1934, New York, lives in New York.]

 Usually I think if there is something imperfect in a photograph it makes the picture more real. Photographs that are slick, smooth, and perfect seem less honest to me. 

Rondal Partridge
[Photographer, b. 1917, San Francisco, d. 2015, Berkeley, California.]

 Ansel [Adams] always jumped over the fence to photograph, walked past the garbage. He always looked to get an immaculate view, and I spent my life stepping back to include the garbage in my photographic view. 

Robert Rauschenberg
[Artist, b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida.]

 I’m quite taken aback when I get something that appears to be technically a good photograph, because it’s not necessarily my intention. 

William Klein
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, lives in Paris.]

 I had neither training nor complexes. By necessity and choice, I decided that anything would have to go. A technique of no taboos: blur, grain, contrast, cock-eyed framing, accidents, whatever happens. 

Corinne Day
[Photographer, b. 1962, Ealing, West London, d. 2010, Denham, England.]

 The ‘grunge look’, as my style was called, simply showed girls as they really are, without make-up, styled hair, flattering light. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. 

Phil Stern
[Photographer, b. 1919, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 2014, Los Angeles.]

 There is no such thing as the perfect picture. That’s the challenge of photography. I was always striving for perfection, even though I knew I could never achieve it. But it kept me reaching for something... 
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