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) 

Richard Avedon
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 2004, San Antonio, Texas.]

 A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. 

Taryn Simon
[Photographer, b. 1975, New York, lives in New York.]

 There is no truth in photography. One can’t reproduce an absolute truth. That said, I don’t see [my photographs] as being any less truthful than any other photographs. 

Hiroshi Sugimoto
[Photographer, b. 1948, Tokyo, lives in New York.]

 When people call me a photographer, I always feel like something of a charlatan—at least in Japanese. The word shashin, for photograph, combines the characters sha, meaning to reflect or copy, and shin, meaning truth, hence the photographer seems to entertain grand delusions of portraying truth. 

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

 ... I never said the camera was truth. It is, however, a more accurate and more objective way of seeing. 

George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)
[Writer, b. 1903, Motihari, Bengal, India, d. 1950, London.]

 It was true that there was no such person as Comrade Oglivy, but a few lines of print and a couple of faked photographs would soon bring him into existence... Comrade Oglivy, who had never existed in the present, now existed in the past, and when once the act of forgery was forgotten, he would exist just as authentically, and upon the same evidence, as Charlemagne or Julius Caesar. 

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. 

Joan Fontcuberta
[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. 
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