Cindy Sherman
[Artist, b. 1954, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 ....I didn’t really have ideas of what I wanted to do with painting. That was when I thought, “Why am I wasting my time elaborately copying things when I could use a camera?” 

Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 As great a picture can be made as one’s mental capacity—no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others. 

Garry Winogrand
[Photographer, b. 1928, New York, d. 1984, Tijuana, Mexico.]

 The game of trying to state photographic problems is, for me, absolutely fascinating. 

Peter Beard
[Artist, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York City, Montauk Point, New York, and Ngong Hills, Kenya.]

 I think the camera is a wonderful machine, don’t you? And not to take photographs in this century is crazy. 

André Kertész
[Photographer, b. 1894, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1985, New York.]

 I do what I feel, that’s all, I am an ordinary photographer working for his own pleasure. That’s all I’ve ever done. 

Gilles Peress
[Photographer, b. 1946, Neuilly, France, lives in New York.]

 I think I’ve got a peculiar disease. I call it “the curse of history,” and it has to do with the fugitive absence/presence of both personal and collective memory. At first I thought it was a kind of personal illness, just related to time, private time, time that passes in one’s life. So I decided to forget and throw myself into the future. 

Jacques-Henri Lartigue
[Photographer, b. 1894, Courbevoie, France, d. 1986, Nice, France.]

 I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost—that is important. If they are art objects at the same time, that’s fine with me. 
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