"I had a desire, and this is without knowing photography, to soften the image, to eliminate what I thought was unimportant in the image." Lillian Bassman

I had a desire, and this is without knowing photography, to soften the image, to eliminate what I thought was unimportant in the image - Lillian Bassman - American photographer and painter.

"Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is . . . the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own." - Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.

Berenice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. | 1986, photographed by Arnold Newman

Berenice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the

Robert Frank (1924) - important figure in American photography and film. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, was influential, and earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with manipulating photographs and photomontage. © Koos Breukel 1995

Robert Frank is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society.

"Always make the audience suffer as much as possible." - Alfred Hitchcock

Ara Güler ~Alfred Hitchcock, 1974 “ Our meeting was to be in his office at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, with all the normal precautions and rules. Hitchcock was very imposing. From the start, he was silent and reserved, no doubt thinking: why.

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