Ernst Haas
[Photographer, b. 1921, Vienna, Austria, d. 1986, New York City.]

 In every artist there is poetry. In every human being there is the poetic element. We know, we feel, we believe… one cannot photograph art. One can only live it in the unity of his vision, as well as in the breadth of his humanity, vitality, and understanding. There is no formula—only man with his conscience speaking, writing, and singing in the new hieroglyphic language of light and time. 

Yukio Mishima
[Writer, b. 1925, Tokyo, d. 1970, Tokyo.]

 ... it is here, I would assert without hesitation, that the poetry of the photograph lies. The photographer has gazed clearly, with his own eyes, on unheard-of metamorphoses, and has testified to them. 

Charles Nègre
[Photographer, b. 1820, Grasse, France, d. 1880, Cannes, France.]

 If art is the poetic interpretation of nature, photography is the exact translation; it is exactitude in art or the complement of art. (1854) 

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)  

Tom Waits
[Musician, b. 1949, Pomona, California, lives in Sonoma County, California.]

 Sun come up it was blue and gold
Ever since I put your picture
In a frame.  

Paul Simon
[Musician, b. 1941, Newark, New Jersey, lives in New York.]

 She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said “Be careful his bowtie is really a camera” 
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