The photograph is completely abstracted from life, yet it looks like life. That is what has always excited me about photography.
— Richard Kalvar
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photography is demonstrably the most contemporary of art forms. It is the most vital, effective and universal means of communication of facts and ideas between peoples and nations.
— Cornell Capa
A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it- by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir.
— Susan Sontag
It’s not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It’s their intimate relations up with it.
— Antoine D'Agata
My photographs are more questions than answers. I use photography as a way to help me understand why I am here. The camera helps me to see.
— Trent Parke
Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the seeking of truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.
— Leonard Freed
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
— Pablo Picasso
Georgetown, Washington DC, 2008

Georgetown, Washington DC, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland 2006

Baltimore, Maryland 2006

Photography, which has so many narcissistic uses, is also a powerful instrument for depersonalizing our relation to the world... the camera makes exotic things near, intimate; and familiar things small, abstract, strange, much farther away.
— Susan Sontag
The weight of words, the shock of photos... Narrative can make us understand. Photographs do something else: they haunt us.
— Susan Sontag
“As a photographer, this is what you are after: to bring the world something new, something incredible... Here is the new way to see the world.”
— Stephen Alvarez
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everthing to do with the way you see them.
— Elliott Erwitt
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
— Diane Arbus
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
— Ansel Adams
To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
— Henri Cartier Bresson
Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

Taipei, Taiwan, 2009

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
— David Bailey
The intention to photograph is neither to satisfy people nor to fulfill any mission or responsibility, but simply to fill in one’s emptiness.
— Chao-Tang Chang
To take photographs means to recognize-simultaneously and within a fraction of a second- both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.
— Henri Cartier Bresson
New York State 2014

New York State 2014

His (Bresson’s) early photographs were like a set geometric trap and the photographic picture, for him, was not there until he added another element, the dimension of incidence.
— David Travis
For me, pictures provide a means of holding, intensely, a moment of communication between one human and another.
— Emment Gowin
Photography draws its representational power from its paradoxically dual nature:
On one hand, the realism of photographs is so convincing that they appear to be spatial and temporal facts, and we begin to believe that we can grasp the world through them… On the other hand, photography is open for any kind of projection on the viewer’s part as it is only slightly coded and discontinuous, a mere segment taken out of the world’s spatial and temporal continuity. It is a kind of mute tale that starts and stops, suggests and offers… This amalgamation of understanding and wondering.
— Urs Stahel
Photography is a language more universal than words.
— Minor White, 1951
We emphasized the creativeness that happens at the moment of seeing over the kind that takes place in the dark room.
— Minor White, 1956
The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to look at familiar subjects- to fight against boredom.
— Susan Sontag
Photography is still instinctual, but I am more disciplined now. I am trying to make every frame count, just as in Tai Chi every breath counts.
— Chien-Chi Chang