Walker Evans
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]

 Photography should have the courage to present itself as what it is, which is a graphic composition produced by a machine and an eye and then some chemicals and paper. Technically, it has nothing to do with painting. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 We are spinning a story of what it is to grow up. It’s a complicated story and sometimes we try to take on the grand themes: anger, love, death, sensuality and beauty. Without fear and without shame. 

Jerry Uelsmann
[Photographer, b. 1934, Detroit, Michigan, lives in Gainesville, Florida.]

 The courage to believe we don’t know what we think we know is the first stage of the discovery process. 

James Nachtwey
[Photographer, b. 1948, Syracuse, New York, lives in New York.]

 You are never freer than in that moment when you decide to expose yourself to sniper fire. 

Robert Adams
[Photographer and writer, b. 1937, Orange, New Jersey, lives in Astoria, Oregon.]

 I’ve been so lonely trying to become a photographer. If I’d known that before, I don’t know if I’d have the courage to do it again. 
 The operating principle that seems to work best is to go to the landscape that frightens you the most and take pictures until you’re not scared anymore. (1982) 

James Nachtwey
[Photographer, b. 1948, Syracuse, New York, lives in New York.]

 Every minute I was there, I wanted to flee. I did not want to see this. Would I cut and run, or would I deal with the responsibility of being there with a camera? 

Martha Rosler
[Artist, b. 1943, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 Documentary testifies, finally, to the bravery or (dare we name it?) the manipulativeness and savvy of the photographer, who entered a situation of physical danger, social restrictedness, human decay, or combinations of these and saved us the trouble. 
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