"[T]he richness of the times was not always found in the brightness of the highlights, but more often in the rich texture of the shadows that covered realities not simple."
-Peter Turnley, "McClellan Street"
"I like a sense of mystery in my photographs. Sometimes I want a picture to ask why, and not to be too easily deciphered and decoded, because our lives are often like that.... My pictures are frequently of transient things -- things which will disappear. Their existence is in my seeing them."
"Instead of [going to] psychoanalysis, I made photos."
"[W]e are all the apocrvaphyl historians of our own lives, crafting remembered -- and often embellished -- narratives from the chaotic mass of details that make up our days."
-Lindsay Zoladz, "The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: American Apocrypha"
"I wasn't thinking in terms of, Oh, that's an interesting photograph; I was thinking in terms of, I just want a record of this time."
"Things don't last too long
But when they do, they last too long"
-Codeine, "Old Things"
"To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a mirror or window of self-expression. The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye and yet, the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory."
"Tonight the air has teeth
I wish I had another way to breathe"
-Tom Verlaine, "Breakin' My Heart"
"And I thought I'd seen someone who seemed at last to know the truth.
I was mistaken,
Only a child laughing in the sun."
-David Crosby, "Laughing"
"This book made me think about my own life..."
-Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale