[Photographer, b. 1955, Barcelona, lives in Barcelona.]
The heart [of my work], the quintessential, remains the questioning of photographic truth. Be careful, be critical, doubt, and filter the information you receive.
Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]
I am not one of those who say: “That water can is blue, that house is pink,” or those who say: “Nothing is beautiful but truth, only truth is pleasant.” There are better things to do in life than copy... Isn’t it this perpetual mania of imitation that prevents man from being a god?
[Photographer, b. 1899, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire.]
The thing to bear in mind in ‘reading’ photographs is that none of them can tell the full truth.
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]
Photography is very subjective. Photography is not a document on which a report can be made. It is a subjective document. Photography is a false witness, a lie.
[Artist, b. 1935, New York, lives in San Diego, California.]
I adore [photography’s] uneasy mix of fact and fiction—its dubious claim to truth—its status as history.
David Levi Strauss
[Writer and critic, b. 1953, Junction City, Kansas, lives in New York.]
Photographs by themselves certainly cannot tell ‘the whole truth’—they are only instants.
[Photographer, b. 1935, Soloba, Mali, d. 2016, Bamako, Mali.]
Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me.
George Bernard Shaw
[Writer, critic, and dramatist, b. 1856, Dublin, d. 1950, Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.]
... the eyes of artist had been so long educated to accept the most grossly fictitious conventions as truths of representation that many of the truths of the focusing-screen were at first repudiated as grotesque falsehoods. (1901)