[Photographer and writer, b. 1897, Park City, Utah, d. 1965, Laguna Beach, California.]
Thoughts and emotions cannot be photographed, despite the protestations of some mystically minded portraitists. Physical fact is ultimately the sole pictorial material.
Rankin (John Rankin Waddell)
[Photographer, b. 1966, Glasgow, Scotland, lives in London.]
When you look at pornography, the women become objects, whereas what I’m trying to do is make the person in the photograph as important as their body. And obviously, I like tits and arse, because I just do. I like the sex of taking photographs.
[Philosopher, b. 1926, Atlanta, Georgia, lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.]
Under examination by the camera, a human body becomes for its inhabitant a field of betrayal more than a ground of communication, and the camera’s further power is manifested as it documents the individual’s self-conscious efforts to control the body each time it is conscious of the camera’s attention to it.
[Writer, b. 1883, Prague, d. 1924, Prague.]
We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds.
[Photographer, b. 1900, Buffalo, Kansas, d. 1992, North Tarrytown, New York.]
Primarily, I am after that instant of combustion, when all the energies of the spirit are wonderfully coordinated with the action of the body. How to get that onto a negative!
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]
Photography books often have titles like The Photographer’s Eye or The Vision of So and So or Seeing Photographs—as if photographers didn’t have minds, only eyes.
[Photographer, b. 1948, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]
I try to photograph what can’t be photographed—psychological or subjective reality, which seems more real than physical or consensual reality.
[Photographer, artist, and curator, b. 1947, d. 2014, Chicago, Illinois.]
As an academic I feel I should intellectualize and theoretically analyze when all I really want to do is let the work take me somewhere, manipulate me, and then rough me up a bit. When it comes right down to it, I only want to spend time with work that makes me think and teaches me something while making my body react.