Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 All photographs aspire to the condition of being memorable—that is, unforgettable. 

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

 The familiar photographs that many people carry with them always obviously belong to the order of fetishes in the ordinary sense of the word. 

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. 

Idris Khan
[Artist, b. 1978, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]

 The photograph is a tool used to take you back to a certain point in one’s life, to remember a face or a place you once stood. I feel there is always something quite melancholic about a photograph. 

Vilém Flusser
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1920, Prague, Czechoslovakia, d. 1991, Prague.]

 ...there is no everyday activity which does not aspire to be photographed, filmed or videotaped. For there is a general desire to be endlessly remembered and endlessly repeatable. 

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. 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 The Western memory museum is now mostly a visual one. 

Shimon Attie
[Photographer, b. 1957, Los Angeles, lives in New York.]

 I think of my work as a kind of peeling back of the wallpaper of today to reveal the histories buried underneath. 
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