Eugène Delacroix
[Artist, b. 1798, Charenton-St.Maurice, France, d. 1863, Paris.]

 [Photography is] in some ways false just because it is so exact. 

George Rodger
[Photojournalist, b. 1908, Hale, Cheshire, England, d. 1995, Smarden, Kent, England.]

 When I discovered that I could look at the horror of Belsen—4,000 dead and starving lying around—and think only of a nice photographic composition, I knew something had happened to me and it had to stop. 

Arnold Genthe
[Photographer, b. 1869, Berlin, Germany, d. 1942, New York.]

 The tremendous development of the camera in recent years has been remarkable. Now almost anyone can take pictures, and most of them are doing it. But it is rather like giving a 6-year-old a pistol. (1937) 

Tina Modotti
[Photographer and political activist, b. 1896, Undine, Italy, d. 1942, Mexico City.]

 I cannot, as you [Edward Weston] once proposed to me—“solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art”... in my case, life is always struggling to predominate and art naturally suffers. 

William Burroughs
[Writer, b. 1914, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1997, Lawrence, Kansas.]

 All I had to do was find out what music picture odor brought out in the subject face I wanted. Then I took my picture just before I played the music or whatever the cue was and the subject never knew when the picture was taken since I still used the false click gimmick. Reaction time? Yes, I went into that. You see, I couldn’t just pick up the money and forget it. Better if I had. I was warned. But I couldn’t get it out of my mind. And I found the answer: allowing for reaction time there was still an interval of a few seconds unaccounted for... I was taking a picture not of the face as it is “now” but as it would be in a few seconds: I was photographing the future. 

Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
[Photographer, b. 1889, Brassó, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), d. 1984, Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, France.]

 Photography in our time leaves us with a grave responsibility. While we are playing in our studios with broken flowerpots, oranges, nude studies and still lifes, one day we know that we will be brought to account: life is passing before our eyes without our ever having seen a thing. 

Jeanloup Sieff
[Photographer, b. 1930, Paris, d. 2001, Paris.]

 I am totally superficial, I know. But I believe superficiality can be very serious, a defense against the gravity of things, a manner of discretion. 
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