Eleanor Antin
[Artist, b. 1935, New York, lives in San Diego, California.]

 Why should I be limited by my own biography? 

Anaïs Nin
[Writer, b. 1903, Neuilly, France, d. 1977, Los Angeles.]

 We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. 

William Wegman
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 I was born on a tiny cot in southwestern Massachusetts during World War II. A sickly child, I turned to photography to overcome my loneliness and isolation. 

Thomas Ruff
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]

 I don’t believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade. That’s absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance. 

Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen)
[Performance artist, b. 1943, Solingen, Germany, lives in Amsterdam.]

 [A Polaroid camera] is like a delayed mirror. You take a picture, you wait three minutes and look again and again: is it me? 

D.H. Lawrence
[Writer, b. 1885, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 1930, Vence, France.]

 The identifying of ourselves with the visual image of ourselves has become an instinct; the habit is already old. The picture of me, the me that is seen, is me. (1925) 

Paolo Pellegrin
[Photographer, b. 1964, Rome, lives in Paris.]

 I believe photography – like many other things one does in life – is the exact expression of who you are at a given moment. 

Minor White
[Photographer, writer, and theorist, b. 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota, d. 1976, Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Self-discovery through a camera? I am scared to look for fear of discovering how shallow my Self is! 
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