Raymond Depardon
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1942, Villefranche-sur-Saône, France, lives in Paris.]

 I’m coming from journalism, but at the same time I’m tempted by poetry, politics, and maybe the idea of being a witness, a belief that you can still change things with the image. 

Harry Callahan
[Photographer, b. 1912, Detroit, Michigan, d. 1999, Atlanta, Georgia.]

 If you choose your subject selectively—intuitively—the camera can write poetry. 

Richard Misrach
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]

 Probably the strongest criticism leveled at my work is that I’m making “poetry of the holocaust.” But I’ve come to believe that beauty can be a very powerful conveyor of difficult ideas. It engages people when they might otherwise look away. 

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

 above me
feet walk upon my brain, monkeys fall from the sky
clutching photographs
of the planets,
but i seek only music
and the leisure
of my pain  

Wallace Stevens
[Poet, b. 1879, Reading, Pennsylvania, d. 1955, Hartford, Connecticut.]

 Reality as a thing seen by the mind,
Not that which is but that which is apprehended.
(Cited as applicable to photography by critic Geoff Dyer)  

William Wordsworth
[Writer and poet, b. 1770, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, d. 1850, Rydal Mount, England.]

 Avaunt this vile abuse of pictured page!
Must eyes be all-in-all, the tongue and ear
Nothing? Heaven keep us from a lower stage? 
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