Most times, we look at objects for their utilitarian purpose. But as photographers, we regard them for their momentary visual appearance. - Catherine Jo Morgan
Taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one`s own originality. It is a way of life. - Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographers learn to interpret photographs in that technical way because they want to understand and use that ‘language’ themselves (just as musicians learn a more technical musical language than the layman needs). Social scientists who want to work with visual materials will have to learn to approach them in this more studious and time-consuming way. - Howard S. Becker - Afterimage, May-June 1975 [cited in: Creative Camera October 1975, p. 329]
There is nothing mysterious about space-time. Every speck of matter, every idea, is a space-time event. We cannot experience anything or conceive of anything that exists outside of space-time. Just as experience precedes all awareness and creative expression, the visual language of our photographs should ever more strongly express the fourth dimensional structure of the real world. - Wynn Bullock - PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION. (From an unpublished manuscript, 1965.)