Photographs are of course about their makers, and are to be read for what they disclose in that regard no less than for what they reveal of the world as their makers comprehend, invent, and describe it. - Allan Douglass Coleman
As members of a photographic culture, we lug around a lot of psychic and emotional baggage: the past is always with us, in the form of our photographs, which we tell as we might a rosary, wearing them smooth with the fingering of our eyes. Photographs are small and weightless objects in comparison with our larger possessions, but unlike cars and TV sets and other material goods we cannot trade our photographs in and break our attachments to them without considerable pain. It is no coincidence that one cardinal rule in brainwashing is to remove from the victim all photographs of himself and people he has known... - Allan Douglass Coleman
Light Readings, 1979
[the snapshot] is an interruption of the flow of events and of time, an interruption whose purpose is to preserve rather than observe. - Allan Douglass Coleman
New York Times, December 30, 1973