René Burri
[Photographer, b. 1933, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 2014, Zurich.]

 A photograph is a moment when you press the button. It will never come back. 

Tom Waits
[Musician, b. 1949, Pomona, California, lives in Sonoma County, California.]

 Photos are profound because they have such short lives. They are more like fingerprints, dead leaves, rain puddles, or the corpses of flies. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 Sometimes the pictures disappear and there’s nothing you can do. You can’t tell the person, “Oh, please smile again. Do that gesture again.” Life is once, forever. 

Daido Moriyama
[Photographer, b. 1938, Ikeda-cho, Osaka, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]

 The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. 

Catherine Opie
[Photographer, b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio, lives in Los Angeles.]

 So much of my obsession with being a documentarian comes from this deep-seated sense of the loss of time, and of how things shift so quickly. 

Robert Doisneau
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]

 A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there—even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity. 

Paul Graham
[Photographer, b. 1956, Stafford, England, lives in New York.]

 Normally, photography offers these frozen shards of time where the world is ossified into a singular moment. I’ve struggled to get away from that brittle, crystalline notion by inviting time into the work, making it a quality that you feel and experience. 

Roni Horn
[Artist, b. 1955, New York, lives in New York and Iceland.]

 As is often said of photography, this photograph is a frozen moment. A frozen moment is not a moment at all. 
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