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

 Oh quickly disappearing photograph in my more slowly disappearing hand. 

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

 ...a partial, but nonetheless astonishing description of the creative act at the heart of serious photography: nothing less than the measuring and folding of the cloth of time itself. 

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
[Philosopher and writer, b. 1908, Rochefort-sur-Mer, France, d. 1961, Paris.]

 The photograph keeps open the instants which the onrush of time closes up forthwith; it destroys the overtaking, the overlapping, the “metamorphosis” of time. 

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. 

Robert Frank
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland, lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and New York.]

 It’s not the decisive moment. It’s not the beginning or end. It’s the middle. It’s more like a question. 
 Photographs immediately make everything old. 

John Updike
[Writer, b. 1932, Shillington, Pennsylvania, d. 2009, Boston, Massachusetts.]

 A photograph offers us a glimpse into the abyss of time. 

Craig Owens
[Writer and critic, b. 1950, d. 1990.]

 As an allegorical art, then, photography would represent our desire to fix the transitory, the ephemeral, in a stable and stabilizing image. 
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