[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]
There is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera.
Weegee (Usher Fellig)
[Photographer, b. 1899, Zlothew near Lemberg, Austrian Galicia (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), d. 1968, New York.]
When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track.
[Photographer, b. 1917, Plainfield, New Jersey, d. 2009, New York.]
I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.
[Photographer, b. 1944, Solna, Sweden, lives in Stockholm.]
For me, the camera is like an entrance to the private lives of other people. And if you are curious like me, it is a fantastic tool.
[Writer and photographer, b. 1910, Central City, Nebraska, d. 1998, Mill Valley, California.]
The vast number of photographers, feeding on anything visible, overgraze the landscape the way cattle overgraze their pasture.
[Photojournalist, b. 1933, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, d. 2004, New York.]
I was getting money for showing one man killing another. Two lives were destroyed and I was getting paid for it. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam's police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.)
Mary Ellen Mark
[Photographer, b. 1940, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, d. 2015, New York.]
It’s important for me to be honest. The men, women, and children I photograph are straightforward with me. I have to respect them for what they are… What I look for is compassion, not pity.
[Photographer, b. 1940, Tokyo, lives in Tokyo.]
Don’t you think that it is necessary to have a sense of brutality in photography?