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. 

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. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 To be filled with an idea is the greatest thing that can happen to me. Otherwise one is just empty. 

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. 

Thomas Ruff
[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. 

Jean Paul Sartre
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1905, Paris, d. 1980, Paris.]

 Photographs are not ideas. They give us ideas. 

Nikki S. Lee
[Photographer, b. 1970, Kye-Chang, Korea, lives in New York.]

 People think a big camera and big lighting will make art, and I want to break that rule. If you have a great concept, it can be art. 

Joel Meyerowitz
[Photographer, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York.]

 We think of photography as pictures. And it is. But I think of photography as ideas. And do the pictures sustain your ideas or are they just good pictures? I want to have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience, that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious. 
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