Don DeLillo
[Writer, b. 1936, New York, lives in New York.]

 In our world we sleep and eat the image and pray to it and wear it too. 

Lev Manovich
[Artist, theorist, and critic, b. 1960, Moscow, lives in New York.]

 Any unique image that you desire probably already exists on the internet or in some database... the problem today is no longer how to create the right image, but how to find an already existing one. 

Michel Foucault
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1926, Poitiers, France, d. 1984, Paris, France.]

 Our society is not one of spectacle but of surveillance. 

Lev Manovich
[Artist, theorist, and critic, b. 1960, Moscow, lives in New York.]

 We turn our own lives into an information archive by storing all our emails, SMS, digital photos, and other “digital traces” of our existence. 

Andy Grundberg
[Critic, curator, and educator, lives in Washington, D.C.]

 ...the worry over media manipulation of photographs pales beside the threat that we will be exposed to an unedited, unvetted picture world where all images seem equally important and equally trivial. 

Jean-François Chevrier
[Art historian, critic, and curator, b. 1954, Lyon, France, lives in Paris.]

 Photography has not invented anything. 

Brigitte Lacombe
[Photographer, b. 1950, Paris, France, lives in New York.]

 I take pictures all the time. It’s alarming, really. I mean, I wish I could stop! I take snaps of everything, like taking notes. It became a way to look at the world. 

Robert Smithson
[Artist, b. 1938, Rutherford, New Jersey, d. 1973, Amarillo, Texas.]

 A camera is wild in just about anybody’s hands, therefore one must set limits. But cameras have a life of their own. Cameras care nothing about cults or isms. They are indifferent mechanical eyes, ready to devour anything in sight. They are lenses of the unlimited reproduction. 
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