Dorothea Lange
[Photographer, b. 1895, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1965, San Francisco.]

 The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. 

Jacques Lacan
[Writer and psychoanalyst, b. 1901, Paris, France, d. 1981, Paris.]

 The evil eye is the fascinum, it is that which has the effect of arresting movement and, literally, of killing life. At the moment the subject stops, suspending his gesture, he is mortified. This anti-life, anti-movement function of the terminal point is the fascinum, and it is precisely one of the dimensions in which the power of the gaze is exercised directly. 

Georg Lukács
[Historian, critic, and thinker, b. 1885, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1971, Budapest.]

 In montage’s original form as photomontage, it is capable of striking effects and on occasion it can even become a powerful political weapon. Such effects arise from its technique of juxtaposing heterogeneous, unrelated pieces of reality torn from their context. A good photomontage has the same effect as a good joke. 

Claude Lanzmann
[Filmmaker, b. 1925, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 I think that no one human being would have been able to look at [a hypothetical photographic record of the Nazi gassing of Jews]… I would have preferred to destroy it. It is not visible. 

D.H. Lawrence
[Writer, b. 1885, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 1930, Vence, France.]

 The identifying of ourselves with the visual image of ourselves has become an instinct; the habit is already old. The picture of me, the me that is seen, is me. (1925) 

David LaChapelle
[Photographer, b. 1968, Connecticut, lives in New York.]

 People say photos don’t lie. Mine do. I make mine lie. 

Federico Garcia Lorca
[Poet and playright, b. 1898, Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain, d. 1936, near Barranco de Viznar, Granada.]

 What shall I do now? Align all the landscapes? Muster the lovers who turn into photographs... ? 

Glenn Ligon
[Artist, b. 1960, Bronx, New York, lives in New York.]

 Even with a million cameras, there’s no such thing—for certain groups of citizens—as evidence.