..a pictorial composition is not merely an assemblage of objects truthfully represented, it is the expression of an idea, and all the parts must be related as to form a harmonious whole. It cannot be a work of art unless it has this quality of wholeness… We feel the need of a new faculty which is but imperfectly developed; in short, the ability to compose, the creative faculty, not the imitative. - Arthur W. Dow
(from Arthur Dow address to Boston Art Students’ Association 1894, quoted by Arthur Warren Johnson, Arthur Wesley Dow, Ipswich Historical Society 1934, p. 61) [cited in: "Pictorial Photography in Britain 1900 – 1920", exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain in association with The Royal Photographic Society, London 1978, p. 24]