Bill Jay
[Photographer, writer, and curator, b. 1940, Maidenhead, England, d. 2009, Samara, Costa Rica.]

 Making a photograph is as difficult as finding a particularly frisky cat in a dark room. Making a great photograph is as chancy as trying to catch a frisky cat in a black room in which there is no cat. 

William Henry Jackson
[Photographer, b. 1843, Keesville, New York, d. 1942, New York.]

 Portrait photography never had any charms for me, so I sought my subjects from the house-tops, and finally from the hill-tops and about the surrounding country; the taste strengthening as my successes became greater in proportion to the failures. 

Henry James
[Writer, b. 1843, New York, d. 1916, Rye, England.]

 Every good story is of course both a picture and an idea, and the more they are interfused the better the problem is solved. 

Fredric Jameson
[Writer and theoretician, b. 1934, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Durham, North Carolina.]

 The visual is essentially pornographic, which is to say that it has its end in rapt, mindless fascination. 

Jim Jarmusch
[Film director, b. 1953, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, lives in New York.]

 Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” 

Jasper Johns
[Artist, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, lives in Sharon, Connecticut and the island of St. Martin.]

 A picture ought to be looked at the same way you look at a radiator. 

Lotte Jacobi
[Photographer, b. 1896, Thorn, West Prussia, (now Torun, Poland), d. 1990, Concord, New Hampshire.]

 I was to be a photographer and that was that. It did everything for me. I love people. I needed the camera more than ever I would have believed. 

Pope John XIII
[Religious leader, b. 1881, Sotto il Monte, Italy, d. 1963, Rome.]

 God knew seventy-seven years ago that someday I would be Pope. Why couldn’t he have made me a little more photogenic? (To photographer Yousef Karsh)