“I mean, photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralyzed cyclops for a split second. But that’s not what it’s like to live in the world, or to convey the experience of living in the world.” - David Hockney

Made in the Financial District.

Folsom at Third

"Photography books often have titles like The Photographer's Eye or The Vision of So and So or Seeing Photographs — as if photographers didn't have minds, only eyes." — Duane Michaels

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Fourth at Market

“Although we know that the buildings, sidewalks, and sky continue beyond the edges of this urban landscape, the world of the photograph is contained within the frame. It’s not a fragment of a larger world.” — Stephen Shore

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Townsend at Fourth

“Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world in order to set up a shadow world of ‘meanings.’ It is to turn the world into this world. (‘This world’! As if there were any other.)”Susan Sontag

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Approaching Sansome on Market

“Most of what we know and learn, what we buy and believe, what we recognize and desire is determined by the domination of the human psyche by the photograph.” — Donis A. Dondis

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Fremont onto Market

“I like to photograph people who have strength and dignity in their faces. Whatever life has done to them, it hasn’t destroyed them.” — Paul Strand

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Crossing Bryant at Third

"Photography is the act of 'fixing' time, not of 'expressing' the world. The camera is an inadequate tool for extracting a vision of the world or of beauty." — Moriyama Daido

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Third and Minna

"A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person." - Saul Leiter

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Market Off Third

"The principal object in the picture must be fairly sharp, just as sharp as the eye sees it and no sharper, but everything else, and all other planes of the picture, must be subdued... slightly out of focus." - Peter Henry Emerson, 1886

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Fremont and Market

"Whatever the noise and violence around them, photographs return objects to a state of stillness and silence. In the midst of urban hustle and bustle, they recreate the equivalent of the desert, a phenomenal isolation. They are the only ways of passing through cities in silence, of moving through the world in silence." - Jean Baudrillard

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O’Farrell

"I don't believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade. That's absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance." - Thomas Ruff

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Market to New Montgomery

"Look, if you want to learn how to write, you study the alphabet and exercise every day. And in the end you have a very beautiful alphabet. But what are you expressing with the alphabet? Perfect technique but expressing nothing. This is what I call 'calligraphic photographs á l'americaine.'" -- André Kertész

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Stevenson Departing Second

"I do not mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us, and which is incomplete and limited. Our eyes have developed such as to survive. It is merely coincidence that we can see stars with them, as well." - Gerhard Richter

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