Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 The only thing about photography which interests me is the aim, the taking aim. 

John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 

Bruce Davidson
[Photographer, b. 1933, Oak Park, Illinois, lives in New York.]

 I burn intensely, but with a slow flame, like an acetylene torch. What keeps you going is the passion that you have. 

Berenice Abbott
[Photographer, writer, teacher, b. 1898, Springfield, Ohio, d. 1991, Monson, Maine.]

 I think the important decision for a photographer is to choose a subject that intensely interests him or her. 

Ruth Orkin
[Photographer, b. 1921, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1985, New York.]

 My mother said that when I was young I was constantly saying, “Look at this—Look at that.” I think that taking pictures must be my way of asking people to “Look at this—Look at that.” If my photographs make the viewer feel what I did when I first took them—“Isn’t this funny... terrible... moving... beautiful?”—then I’ve accomplished my purpose. 

Eve Arnold
[Photographer, b. 1913, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 2011, London.]

 What drove me and kept me going over the decades? If I had to use a single word, it would be “curiosity.” 

Marc Riboud
[Photographer, b. 1923, St.-Genis-Laval, France, d. 2016, Paris.]

 My vision of the world is simple. Tomorrow, each new day, I want to see the city, take new photographs, meet people and wander alone. 

Matthew Brady
[Photographer, b. 1823, Warren County, New York, d. 1896, New York.]

 A spirit in my feet said “go,” and I went. (On why he photographed the Civil War.) 
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