Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 If I’d had the nerve, I’d have become a thief or a gangster, but since I didn’t, I became a photographer. 

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? 

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

 I’ve had the privilege of being an outsider allowed on the inside, searching for beauty, meaning and myself. 

Eddie Adams
[Photojournalist, b. 1933, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, d. 2004, New York.]

 All that a Pulitzer really does is give the obit writers something to put between the commas after your name. 

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

 Once I set up, the camera starts clicking, then I just start to move and watch how I move in the mirror. It’s not like I’m method acting or anything. I don’t feel that I am that person. I may be thinking about a certain story or situation, but I don’t become her. There’s this distance. The image in the mirror becomes her—the image the camera gets on the film. And the one thing I’ve always known is that the camera lies. 

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! 

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? 

Thomas Demand
[Photographer, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, lives in Los Angeles.]

 [Cameras] start to interpret life to us, which is a tautological circle, and I wonder how long you can feed yourself with yourself. 
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