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. 

Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 Photography books often have titles like The Photographer’s Eye or The Vision of So and So or Seeing Photographs—as if photographers didn’t have minds, only eyes. 
 What’s important to me is the idea. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, Ansel Adams,‘f64’ picture. 

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

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

Henry Adams
[Writer and historian, b. 1838, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1918, Washington, D.C..]

 I hate photographs abstractly, because they have given me more ideas perversely and immovably wrong, than I ever should get by imagination. 

Vik Muniz
[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. 

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

 Photographs are not ideas. They give us ideas. 

Doug Aitken
[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. 
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