Christian Boltanski
[Artist, b. 1944, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 The photo replaces the memory. When someone dies, after a while you can’t visualize them anymore, you only remember them through their pictures. 

Raymond Depardon
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1942, Villefranche-sur-Saône, France, lives in Paris.]

 I don’t regret the numerous pictures of Brigitte Bardot, but I’d rather have a good photograph of my father. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 Here is my theory of photography: I think pictures actually create memories. 

Gordon Parks
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas, d. 2006, New York.]

 I was born to a black childhood of confusion and poverty. The memory of that beginning influences my work today, It is impossible now to photograph a hungry child without remembering the hunger of my old childhood. 

Roman Vishniac
[Photographer, b. 1897, Pavlovsk, Russia, d. 1990, New York.]

 I was living in Germany in the thirties, and I knew that Hitler had made it his mission to exterminate all Jews, especially the children and the women who could bear children in the future. I was unable to save my people, only their memory. 

Jerry Uelsmann
[Photographer, b. 1934, Detroit, Michigan, lives in Gainesville, Florida.]

 Photography is just light remembering itself. 

Stephen Shore
[Photographer, b. 1947, New York, lives in New York.]

 It’s the bane of my existence that I see photography not as a way of recording personal experience particularly, but as this process of exploring the world and the medium. I have to be reminded, “It’s your son’s birthday party. Bring a camera.” And then, when I’m there, “Take a picture,” because it doesn’t occur to me to use it as this memorializing thing. 

Sally Mann
[Photographer, b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia, lives in Lexington.]

 I don’t have a memory of [my father]; I have a memory of a photograph. 
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