Shomei Tomatsu
[Photographer, b. 1930, Nagoya, Japan, d. 2012, Okinawa, Japan.]

 In short, [photography] is a matter of turning loneliness into thoughts. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 ...photography has no language of its own. One learns to read photographs as one learns to read footprints or cardiograms. 

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

 I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do—that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it I felt very perverse. 

Lee Friedlander
[Photographer, b. 1934, Aberdeen, Washington, lives in New York.]

 I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on a fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and seventy-eight trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography. 

Luigi Ghirri
[Photographer, b. 1943, Scandiano, Italy, d. 1992, Reggio Emilia, Italy.]

 Photography has become an opaque layer, thick with images that are superimposed on reality itself—the debris of our age… 

Geoffrey Batchen
[Photohistorian, b. 1956, Australia, lives in Wellington, New Zealand.]

 Everyone concedes that photography is now a medium of exchange as much as a mode of documentation.... photographing has become “the visual equivalent of cellphone chatter.” 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 To collect photography is to collect the world. 

Nobuyoshi Araki
[Photographer, b. 1940, Tokyo, lives in Tokyo.]

 Don’t you think that it is necessary to have a sense of brutality in photography? 
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