Ansel Adams
[Photographer, b. 1902, San Francisco, d. 1984, Carmel, California.]

 There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. 

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

 The best photos, the ones that are remembered, are the ones that have first passed through the person’s mind before being restored by the camera. 

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

 …when you have a worthwhile idea, you should be prepared to gamble on it, test it out and see what the world gives back. 

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

 The beauty of photography is that it takes a fraction of a second; to investigate the potential of an idea at a very low cost, it’s not like you have to wait a month to complete a whole painting. So you can get an idea and give it a try and all of a sudden you might see some potential. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 What counts are the little differences. “General ideas” mean nothing. Long live the details. A millimeter makes all the difference. 

Walker Evans
[Photographer, b. 1903, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1975, New Haven, Connecticut.]

 I don’t think the essence of photography is it so much. The essence is done very quietly with a flash of the mind, and with a machine. 

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

 Careful Henri, you’ll be making conceptual art. (To Henri Cartier-Bresson who had forgotten to put film in his camera.) 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of the idea. 
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