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The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.

Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.

Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer.

No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) American Modernist poet.

We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. This need not have been so. We could easily imagine people who did not have this relation to such pictures. Who, for example, would be repelled by photographs, because a face without color and even perhaps a face in reduced proportions struck them as inhuman.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.