John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 ...photography has no language of its own. One learns to read photographs as one learns to read footprints or cardiograms. 

Paul Graham
[Photographer, b. 1956, Stafford, England, lives in New York.]

 ...a partial, but nonetheless astonishing description of the creative act at the heart of serious photography: nothing less than the measuring and folding of the cloth of time itself. 

Edouard Boubat
[Photographer, b. 1923, Paris, France, d. 1999, Paris.]

 There is a word we haven’t used yet: virginity... To make a photograph, the plate must be virgin, but your eye as well. 

Anton Corbijn
[Photographer, b. 1955, Strijen, Netherlands, lives in London.]

 The blurriness and the grain that I use, for me, is close to life. I find things that are very static and very sharp and very well-lit and all that is not how I experience life. 

Arnold Genthe
[Photographer, b. 1869, Berlin, Germany, d. 1942, New York.]

 The tremendous development of the camera in recent years has been remarkable. Now almost anyone can take pictures, and most of them are doing it. But it is rather like giving a 6-year-old a pistol. (1937) 

Franz Kafka
[Writer, b. 1883, Prague, d. 1924, Prague.]

 A picture of my existence... would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow... stuck loosely at a slant in the ground in a ploughed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night. 

John Divola
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 The photograph as an object has a relationship to that which it represents something like the relationship the snake skin has to the snake that sheds it. 

Inge Morath
[Photographer, b. 1923, Graz, Austria, d. 2002, New York.]

 Pressing the shutter has remained a moment of joyful recognition, comparable to the delight of a child balancing on tiptoe and suddenly, with a small cry of delight, stretching out a hand toward a desired object. 
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