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.
[Artist, b. 1968, Redondo Beach, California, lives in Los Angeles.]
When you make work, the concept is the basis for it; all choices of aesthetics or mediums come later.
[Writer, critic, and theorist, b. 1915, Cherbourg, d. 1980, Paris.]
Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.
[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.)
[Photographer, b. 1958, Zell, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.]
The people have to know what my portraits are like in order to behave in such a way that the result is one of my portraits.
[Photographer, b. 1923, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 2013, New York.]
I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera.
[Artist, b. 1940, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]
Photography Cannot Record Abstract Ideas (Title of a 16x20 inch photograph depicting an index card on which that phrase is handwritten.)
[Artist, b. 1961, Sao Paulo, Brazil, lives in New York.]
If you find an idea without form, please let me know because I would love to take a picture of it.