Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
[Artist and one of the originators of photography, b. 1787, Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d'Oise, France, d. 1851, Bry-sur-Marne, France.]

 I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight. 
 …the daguerreotype is not merely an instrument which serves to draw Nature; on the contrary it is a chemical and physical process which gives her the power to reproduce herself. 
 Everyone can use the daguerreotype to make views of his chateau or country house. (Prospectus for his new invention, 1838) 
 [The daguerreotype] consists in the spontaneous reproduction of the images of nature received in the camera obscura, not with their colors, but with very fine gradation of tones. (1838)