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.” 

James Joyce
[Writer, b. 1882, Rathgar, Ireland, d. 1941, Zurich, Switzerland.]

 He dwelt, being a bit of an artist in his spare time, on the female form in general developmentally because, as it so happened, no later than that afternoon he had seen those Grecian statues, 1450 perfectly developed as works of art, in the National Museum. Marble could give the original, shoulders, back, all the symmetry, all the rest... Whereas no photo could because it simply wasn’t art in a word. 

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) 

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. 

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. 

Alfredo Jarr
[Artist, b. 1956, Santiago, Chile, lives in New York.]

 Our society is blind. We have lost our ability to be affected by imagery. 

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. 

Jesse Jackson
[Minister and activist, b. 1941, Greenville, South Carolina, lives in Chicago.]

 Pictures can live in one’s memory. That’s why they are important.