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George Bernard Shaw by Yousuf Karsh.
George Bernard Shaw by Yousuf Karsh.

“I try to photograph people’s spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don’t feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.”

Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002)

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Mannequin by Lee Friedlander
New York, 2011. From Mannequins, 2012. By Lee Friedlander

“I always wanted to be a photographer. I was fascinated with the materials. But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane.”

Lee Friedlander (born July 14, 1934- present)

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Miles Davis by Irving Penn
Miles Davis by Irving Penn

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009)

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Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon.
Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon.

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”

— Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004)