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

 Something happens, it’s a thousandth part of a fleeting second. It’s up to the photographer to capture that on film, because like a dying day, the thing will never come back again. (Quoted by Weegee, 1958) 

Paul Valéry
[Writer and poet, b. 1871, Sète, France, d. 1945, Paris.]

 ...a few days old he was brought before a lens; decades later the man he grew into might stand amazed and affected before the photograph of the baby whose future he has used up. 

André Bazin
[Film critic and theorist, b. 1918, Angers, France, d. 1958, Nogent-sur-Marne, Île-de-France, France.]

 Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption. 

Andy Warhol
[Artist, b. 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 1987, New York.]

 The best thing about a picture is that it never changes. Even when the people in it do. 

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

 The “decisive moment” is bullshit. There are ten pictures before and ten pictures after every one of them: [Henri Cartier-Bresson] actually took thirty pictures of people leaping over that puddle. 

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. 

Rainer Maria Rilke
[Writer and poet, b. 1875, Prague, d. 1926, Montreux, Switzerland.]

 Oh quickly disappearing photograph in my more slowly disappearing hand. 

Frank Horvat
[Photographer, b. 1928, Abbazia, Italy, now Opatija, Croatia, lives in Paris.]

 ...photography is made essentially of time. I often think that what we show is a point in time, more than a window onto space. 
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