Joan Didion
[Writer, b. 1934, Sacramento, California, lives in New York.]

 For however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable “I.” 

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

 Why should I be limited by my own biography? 

Vito Acconci
[Artist, b. 1940, Bronx, New York, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 [My early performance work] started by being the activity of a person, any person, like any other—but once that person became photographed it became a specialized person, the object of a personality cult. 

Leonard Freed
[Photographer, b. 1929, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2006, Garrison, New York.]

 Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the seeking of truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit. 

Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 You can never capture a person in picture, never. You might get an interesting expression or gesture. I almost never research a picture subject ahead of time. I think Karsh is full of baloney. Can you imagine spending a whole week out in La Jolla with Jonas Salk soaking up his ambiance, then wind up making him look as if he’s in the studio in Ottawa with his thumb under his chin? 

Chester Higgins
[Photographer, b. 1946, Lexington, Kentucky, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 I had a choice: I could wail against the racism of the [prevailing] pictures or I could go and create photographs that would tell a contrary story. 

Danny Lyon
[Photographer, b. 1942, New York, lives in Ulster County, New York.]

 The pictures do not ask you to “help” these people, but something much more difficult; to be briefly, intensely aware of their existence, an existence as real and significant as your own. 

Robert Frank
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland, lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and New York.]

 I guess I got where I wanted to get, but it didn’t turn out to be the place I hoped it would be. I’m an outsider, still. 
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