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Susan Sontag

„Photographs make a claim to be true that paintings can never make.“ „A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.“ source: “On photography”, 1971...

Jules Janin

„It's no longer man's trembling hand that reproduces the changing scene of this world. It’s the sun itself, the allmighty agent of an all-new art.” source: “Le Daguerotype” [sic], L’Artiste, 1839...

Louis Daguerre

“My only goal was the ultimate kind of deception; I wanted to steal from nature, so I had to become a thief.” source: August Lewald: “Ein Menschenleben”, Band 7, Leipzig 1845...

Henry Fox Talbot

„The human hand is incapable of making a perfect copy.“ A „photogenic drawing“, made with a „pencil of nature“, ”is a perfect copy of nature”. source: “The Pencil of Nature”, 1846...

Nicéphore Nièpce

”The discovery I have made and which I call Heliography, consists in reproducing spontaneously, by the action of light, the images received in the camera obscura.” source: „Notice sur l’héliographie“, Châlon-sur-Saône, 1829...

King James Bible

„Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.“ source: King James Bible, Exodus 20:4...