Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]
People ask: “What camera do you use?” I say: “You don’t ask a writer what typewriter he uses.”
Henry David Thoreau
[Writer and practical philosopher, b. 1817, Concord, Massachusetts, d. 1862, Concord.]
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
[b. 1948, Havana, Cuba, lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.]
There is a lot of social photography being done now to point to the untruth of photography. It’s getting very dull now. So, okay photography doesn’t tell the truth. So what? Everyone has known this forever.
[Artist, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, lives in New York.]
I’ve always thought that problem solving is highly overrated and that problem creation is far more interesting.
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 1984, Tijuana, Mexico.]
You know why your pictures are no fucking good? Because they don’t describe the chaos of life. (Quoted by Philip-Lorca DiCorcia)
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]
If you take photos, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyze yourself, and don’t answer any questions.
Tristan Tzara (Sami Rosenstock)
[Writer and artist, b. 1896, Moineti, Bacu, Romania, d. 1963, Paris.]
Is it a spiral of water in the tragic gleam of a revolver, an egg, a glistening arc or the floodgate of reason, a keen ear attuned to a mineral hiss, or a turbine of algebraic formulas? (On Man Ray’s first photograms, 1921.)
Platon (Platon Rivellis)
[Photographer, b. 1968, London, lives in New York.]
Mr. President, can you show me the love? (Direction to Bill Clinton resulting an infamous low-angled “crotch-shot” Esquire magazine cover.)