James Agee
[Writer, b. 1909, Knoxville, Tennessee, d. 1955, New York.]

 In the immediate world, everything is to be discerned... with the whole of consciousness, seeking to perceive it as it stands: so that the aspect of a street in sunlight can roar in the heart of itself as a symphony, perhaps as no symphony can: and all consciousness is shifted from the imagined, the revisive, to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiance of what is. 

Robert Doisneau
[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. 

Malick Sidibé
[Photographer, b. 1935, Soloba, Mali, d. 2016, Bamako, Mali.]

 Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me. 

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

 There are multiple truths attached to every image. 

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. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 When the good pictures come, we hope they tell truths, but truths “told slant,” just as Emily Dickinson commanded. 

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

 I used to have this notion when I was a kid that the minute you said anything, it was no longer true. Of course it would have driven me crazy very rapidly if I hadn’t dropped it, but there’s something similar in what I’m trying to say. That once it’s been done, you want to go someplace else. 

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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