[Artist, b. 1798, Charenton-St.Maurice, France, d. 1863, Paris.]
[Photography is] in some ways false just because it is so exact.
Let a man of genius make use [of photography] as it should be used, and he will raise himself to a height that we do not know.
The artist is always concerned with a total view of the world. However, when the photographer “takes a picture”… the edge of his picture is just as interesting as the middle, one can only guess at the existence of a whole, and the view presented seems chosen by chance.
As far as I am concerned, I can only say how much I regret such an admirable discovery should have come so late! The possibility of studying such images would have had an influence on me that I can only guess at from the usefulness which they have now, even in the little time left me for more intensive study. It is the tangible proof of nature’s own design, which we otherwise see only very feebly.