Jay Maisel
[Photographer, b. 1931, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New York.]

 I take pictures, and they are there for the taking. I’ll tell you a quote that I have always thought about. Arthur Miller said, “I try to create the poem from the evidence.” 

Robert Adams
[Photographer and writer, b. 1937, Orange, New Jersey, lives in Astoria, Oregon.]

 Both poetry and photography tend toward metaphor. 

Alec Soth
[Photographer, b. 1969, Minneapolis, Minnesota, lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.]

 [Photography is] very related to poetry. It’s suggestive and fragmentary and unsatisfying in a lot of ways. It’s as much about what you leave out as what you put in. 

Edmund Teske
[Photographer, b. 1911, Chicago, Illinois, d. 1996, Los Angeles.]

 Photography! Summation of the life experience
Exquisite focal point of all being
Aromatic distillation
Inmost
And ultimate
Light. 

Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 What you want to be is a poet…. To voice the real and at the same time create an image that is a world in itself, with its own coherence, its autonomy and sovereignty; an image that thinks. 

Robert Doisneau
[Photographer, b. 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France, d. 1994, Montrouge, France.]

 The photographer must be absorbent—like a blotter, allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment... His technique should be like an animal function... he should act automatically. 

Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 Being an artist is nothing, or at least, not enough; what you want is to be a poet. 

Charles Bukowski
[Writer, b. 1920, Andernach, Germany, d. 1994, San Pedro, California.]

 I put her photo by the radio
near the fan
and it moved
like something
alive.  
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