Peter Wollen
[Writer, theorist, filmmaker, b. 1938, London, lives in Los Angeles.]

 The aesthetic discussion of photography is dominated by the concept of time. Photographs appear as devices stopping time and preserving fragments of the past, like flies in amber. 

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. 

Christian Metz
[Writer and film theorist, b. 1931, Béziers, France, lives in France.]

 Photography is linked with death in many different ways. The most immediate and explicit is the social practice of keeping photographs in memory of loved beings who are no longer alive. But there is another real death which each of us undergoes every day, as each day we draw nearer to our own death. Even when the person photographed is still living, that moment when she or he was has forever vanished. 

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. 

Albert Einstein
[Scientist, b. 1879, Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, d. 1955, Princeton, New Jersey.]

 A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. 

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

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

Roger Ballen
[Photographer, b. 1950, New York, lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.]

 [Photography] tells you that every second in time is different from every other second. You want people to understand that the image in front of them has something to do with the truth, and it can never be repeated. 

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

 A photograph is static because it has stopped time. A painting or drawing is static because it encompasses time. 
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