A.D. Coleman
[Critic and writer, b. 1943, New York, lives in New York.]

 The past is always with us, in the form of our photographs, which we feel as we might a rosary, wearing them smooth with the fingering of our eyes. 

Walt Whitman
[Writer and poet, b. 1819, South Huntington, Long Island, New York, d. 1892, Camden, New Jersey.]

 An electric chain seems to vibrate, as it were, between our brain and him or her preserved there [in a Daguerreotype] so well by the limner’s cunning. Time, space, both are annihilated, and we identify the semblance with the reality. 

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. 

Dennis Stock
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 2010, Sarasota, Florida.]

 The similarity between Van Gogh, Haiku poetry, and good photography is the concern for mortality. That things are very fleeting, that there are people who are more sensitive to death than others. The threat of time is of great concern to them. And the camera is a very appropriate instrument for many. 

Jack Kerouac (Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac)
[Writer, b. 1922, Lowell, Massachusetts, d. 1969, St. Petersburg, Florida.]

 ...[the photographer] can be considered a kind of disembodied burrowing eye, a conspirator against time and its hammers. His work, print after print of it, seems to call to be shown before the decay which it portrays flattens all... Here are the records of the age before an imminent collapse. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with form, but with time. 

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. 

Walker Evans
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]

 Evans was, and is, interested in what any present time will look like as the past. (An unpublished note characterizing his own work) 
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