Milton Rogovin quoting Kurt Tucholsky, from James N. Wood's Introduction of MILTON ROGOVIN: Lower West Side, Buffalo, New York, 1975:
"Once you've studied the pictures for a while, they begin to speak. The people in the pictures hold still -- so patiently, that you can study them at your leisure. And when you're wholly inside the picture, the people speak. They tell you their life-stories. Their political opinions. They confess. They accuse. They laugh. They sigh because they're tired. They open their hearts to you. This is how we love, they say, and this is how we hate, and this is why we didn't get anywhere, and this is our youth, and these our dreams of glory, and this is what our parents looked like, and here is my weak point, and here is my strength....I'll have to ask you to write your own caption. Look at them closely. Look into the people's eyes and let them speak. They tell you about their lives...."