Robert Doisneau
[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. 

Susie Linfield
[Writer and critic, New York, lives in New York.]

 ...we’re still not at all sure what photography is: is it news, art, entertainment, documentation, science, or surveillance? It tends to blur all those boundaries, which is exciting, but also bewildering and confusing. 

Errol Morris
[Documentary filmmaker, b. 1948, Hewlett, New York, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Photographs are neither true nor false in and of themselves. They are only true or false with respect to statements that we might make about them or the questions that we might ask of them. 

Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 I am not ghoulish, am I? It wouldn’t anyway have been better to turn away, would it? 

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. 

Jorge Luis Borges
[Writer, poet, and librarian, b. 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina, d. 1986, Geneva, Switzerland.]

 We have a very precise image—an image at times shameless—of what we have lost, but we are ignorant of what may follow or replace it. 

Chuck Close
[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. 

Thomas Demand
[Photographer, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, lives in Los Angeles.]

 [Cameras] start to interpret life to us, which is a tautological circle, and I wonder how long you can feed yourself with yourself. 
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