Hugh Hefner
[Publisher and playboy, b. 1926, Chicago, d. 2017, Los Angeles.]

 I suggested that sex was not the enemy, that violence was the enemy, that nice girls like sex. The centerfold itself, the girl-next-door-centerfold, in a very simplistic way was rooted in that philosophy, that that sex is okay, it’s a natural part of life, a very radical idea in America... 

Willi Muenzenberg
[Photographer, politician, and propagandist, b. 1889, Erfurt, Germany, d. 1940, Paris.]

 Photography has become an outstanding and indispensable means of propaganda in the revolutionary struggle. 

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
[Artist, photographer, designer, and teacher, b. 1895, Bacsbarsod, Hungary, d. 1946, Chicago, Illinois.]

 The invention of photography destroyed the canons of representational, imitative art. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 I’m an anarchist, yes, because I’m alive. Life is a provocation... I’m against people in power and what that imposes on them. Anglo-Saxons have to learn what anarchism is. Ask a cat. A cat understands. They’re against discipline and authority. A dog is trained to obey. Cats can’t be. Cats bring on chaos. 

Chuck Close
[Artist, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, lives in New York.]

 It always amazes me that just when I think there’s nothing left to do in photography and that all permutations and possibilities have been exhausted, someone comes along and puts the medium to new use, and makes it his or her own, yanks it out of this kind of amateur status, and makes it as profound and as moving and as formally interesting as any other medium. 

Paul Gauguin
[Artist, b. 1848, Paris, d. 1903, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands.]

 Machines have come, art has fled, and I am far from thinking photography can help us. 

Tristan Tzara (Sami Rosenstock)
[Writer and artist, b. 1896, Moineti, Bacu, Romania, d. 1963, Paris.]

 When everything that is called art was well and truly riddled with rheumatism, the photographer lit the thousands of candles whose power is contained in his flame, and the sensitive paper absorbed by degrees the blackness cut out of some ordinary object. He had invented a fresh and tender flash of lightning. 

Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 I feel that you’re either defined by the medium or you redefine the medium. 
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