[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]
To make a photograph is already the first artificial act.
[Photographer, b. 1947, New York, lives in New York.]
Even in ordinary reproduction [photography] verges on facsimile.
[Critic, curator, and educator, lives in Washington, D.C.]
There is no place in the postmodern world for a belief in the authenticity of experience, in the sanctity of the individual artist’s vision, in genius or originality. What postmodern art finally tells us is that things have been used up, that we are at the end of the line, that we are all prisoners of what we see. Clearly these are disconcerting and radical ideas, and it takes no great imagination to see that photography, as a nearly indiscriminate producer of images, is in large part responsible for them.
[Artist, b. 1944, Paris, lives in Paris.]
... in the eyes of its visitors, Venice has no reality of its own. Anyone visiting the place has already seen so many pictures of it that they can only attempt to view it via these clichés, and they take home photographs of Venice that are similar to the ones they already knew. Venice [is] becoming like one of those painted backdrops that photographers use in their studio.
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]
In some way I would suggest that photography is not so much an art as a meta-art. It’s an art which devours other art... photography takes the whole world as its subject, cannibalizes all art forms, and converts them into images. And in that sense it seems a peculiarly modern art form.
William J. T. Mitchell
[Writer, theorist, and architect, b. 1944, Melbourne, Australia, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]
Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a “photography.”
... with the end of truth in photography has come a corresponding loss of trust; every image, every representation, is now a potential fraud. And as the eternal debate rages on about the appearance of truth and truth itself, simulation is the only truth we can trust.
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 1984, Tijuana, Mexico.]
I photograph to see what things look like photographed.