Wie surreal ist die heutige kommerzielle Agenda, jedes Zeichen von Leben und Erfahrung zu retuschieren, ja, sogar die persönliche Wahrheit eines Gesichtes selbst? Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019)
The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.Edward Weston (1886 — 1958)
Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize. Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002)
Besides the obvious: a permanent, for the most part, result in the form of a photograph; the act of taking said photograph could be argued as being just as important. For some, it really is the point.
David Spencer (photoseed.com)