Alfred Stieglitz
[Photographer and curator, b. 1864, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946, New York.]

 I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth is my obsession. (1921) 

W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]

 With considerable soul searching, that to the utmost of my ability, I have let truth be the prejudice. 

Larry Clark
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma, lives in New York.]

 The one thing I wanted to do in Tulsa was cut through the bull and tell the truth. 

Martine Franck
[Photographer, b. 1938, Antwerp, Belgium, d. 2012, Paris.]

 A photograph is not necessarily a lie, but it isn’t the truth either. It’s more like a fleeting, subjective impression. 

Martha Rosler
[Artist, b. 1943, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 The question at hand is the danger posed to truth by computer-manipulated photographic imagery. How do we approach this question in a period in which the veracity of even the straight, unmanipulated photograph has been under attack for a couple of decades. 

Leon Golub
[Artist, b. 1922, Chicago, Illinois, d. 2004, New York.]

 People say: “But photographs are all lies.” That’s not the point. The lie is a truth, too. How the hell are we going to know what Kissinger looks like? Well, the photograph tells us one version; I’m trying to tell it also, but differently. 

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
[Photographer, b. 1852, Headingley, Leeds, England, d. 1941, Whitby, England.]

 May I say that a photograph gives us the naked truth, which has to be clothed by the imagination. (1892) 

Robert Rauschenberg
[Artist, b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida.]

 Whatever is there [in the camera’s eye] is a truth, but a truth you have to believe in. What you see in front of you is a fact. You click when you believe it’s the truth. 
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