[Writer, critic, and theorist, b. 1915, Cherbourg, d. 1980, Paris.]
...there is always a defeat of Time in [historical photographs]: that is dead and that is going to die. These two little girls looking at a primitive airplane above their village (they are dressed like my mother as a child, they are playing with hoops)—how alive they are! They have their whole lives before them; but also they are dead (today), they are then already dead (yesterday).
[Photographer, b. 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, lives in New York.]
It’s a strange experience… the photograph is like an object frozen in time, and people’s lives go on.
[Photographer, b. 1931, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, d. 2014, Philadelphia.]
Photographers are victims of paradox, tracking the impermanent to make it permanent.
[Photographer, b. 1959, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]
Time past cannot be stopped, saved, or regained. But a photograph allows you to borrow it.
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 1984, Tijuana, Mexico.]
What photograph isn’t a still life?
Rainer Maria Rilke
[Writer and poet, b. 1875, Prague, d. 1926, Montreux, Switzerland.]
Oh quickly disappearing photograph in my more slowly disappearing hand.
[Artist, b. 1840, Paris, France, d. 1917, Paris.]
It is the artist who is truthful and photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop, and if the artist succeeds in producing the impression of a movement which takes several moments for accomplishment, his work is certainly much less conventional than the scientific image, where time is abruptly suspended.
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]
Whatever else a photograph may be about, it is always about time.