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

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

Mel Bochner
[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.) 

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. 

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. 

Mario Giacomelli
[Photographer, b. 1925, Senigallia, Italy, d. 2000, Senigallia.]

 I try to photograph thoughts. 

Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly
[Artist, b. 1928, Lexington, Virginia, d. 2011, Rome.]

 The Image cannot
be dis possessed of a
priMORdial
freshness
which IDEAS
CAN NEVER CLAIM 

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. 

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

 I prefer to be noticed some day, first for my ideas and second for my good eye. 
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