[Writer and photographer, b. 1910, Central City, Nebraska, d. 1998, Mill Valley, California.]
If there is a common photographic dilemma, it lies in the fact that so much has been seen, so much has been “taken,” there appears to be less to find. The visible world, vast as it is, through overexposure has been devalued.
[Artist, b. 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 1987, New York.]
[My vision of America is] a good vision. Actually the best is on TV. I wanted to shoot all the pictures off the TV. No one would have known the difference.
[Writer and theorist, b. 1929, Reims, France, d. 2007, Paris.]
You think you photograph a particular scene for the pleasure it gives. In fact it’s the scene that wants to be photographed. You’re merely an extra in the production.
[Artist, b. 1945, Newark, New Jersey, lives in New York.]
Pictures and the words that mark or surround them seem to construct and contain us. From photos to movies, to TV, to home videos and computers, these pictures and words have the power to tell us who we are and who we aren’t, to dictate what we can and cannot be. But they also suggest that seeing is no longer believing and that what you see is not what you get.
[Photographer, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, lives in Los Angeles.]
I think that nowadays there are more images in the world than world to be in the pictures.
William J. T. Mitchell
[Writer, theorist, and architect, b. 1944, Melbourne, Australia, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.]
We are surrounded by pictures; we have an abundance of theories about them, but it doesn’t seem to do us any good. Knowing what pictures are doing, understanding them, doesn’t seem necessarily to give us power over them.
[Writer and critic, b. 1943, New York, d. 2006, Naples, Italy.]
There was a time when photographers were thought to be socially secondary, and, hence, not dangerous. Lincoln was more important than Brady. It didn’t occur to anyone to worry about the manner in which a photograph was taken.
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]
If everything that existed were continually being photographed, every photograph would become meaningless.