Graham Greene
[Writer, b. 1904, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, d. 1991, Vevey, Switzerland.]

 The less you know the better. You have forgotten memories. What you forget becomes the compost of the imagination. Renounce photography. 

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

 We all die twice—once when we actually die and once when no one on earth recognizes our photograph. 

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. 

Siegfried Kracauer
[Media critic and sociologist, b. 1889, Frankfurt, Germany, d. 1966, New York.]

 The image wanders ghostlike through the present. Ghostly apparitions occur only in places where a terrible deed has been committed. 

Umberto Eco
[Writer, semiotician, and philosopher, b. 1932, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, d. 2016, Milan.]

 You tell me these two were my parents, so now I know but it’s a memory that you’ve given me. I’ll remember the photo from now on, but not them. 

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

 When I remember my childhood, I remember pictures of my childhood; I don’t remember actual moments. Photographs are really subversive in that way. If those are the only memories we have, and we know that photography lies—or at least is very limited in its presentation of information—then what does that make your childhood? One big lie? 

Bertrand Russell
[Philosopher and social critic, b. 1872, Trellech, Monmouthshire, England, d. 1970, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales.]

 Memory demands an image. 

bell hooks
[Educator and writer, b. 1952, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, lives in New York.]

 For black folks, the camera provided a means to document a reality that could, if necessary, be packed, stored, moved from place to place... [Photography] offered a way to contain memories, to overcome loss, to keep history. 
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