‘Implicit in the act of creation is praise, of discovering and naming the world, of acknowledging it, of saying it exists. The French artist Henri Cartier-Bresson had once described taking a photograph as saying ‘yes’, not the ‘yes’ of approval but that of acknowledgment.’

– Hisham Matar, A Month in Siena

‘That day I decided to go and buy a camera. Mariah had given me a book of photographs, because in the museum were some photographs I particularly liked. They were photographs of ordinary people in a countryside doing ordinary things, but for some reason that was not at all clear to me the people and the things they were doing looked extraordinary – as if these people and these things had not existed before.’

– Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy