Loretta Lux
[Photographer, b. 1969, Dresden, Germany, lives in Dublin, Ireland.]

 I trained as a painter, and I still love painting, but eventually I became aware that the physical aspect of painting didn’t really suit me. I didn’t enjoy working in the medium. It’s very messy. I prefer to have it clean, with a nice computer. 

Danny Lyon
[Photographer, b. 1942, New York, lives in Ulster County, New York.]

 [The people who run things] are so successful in the way they do it now. They could buy me off with a couple of vintage prints, they could have you do an ad, or give you a ribbon... In capitalist countries they reward artists because we’re ineffectual. 

Gustave Le Gray
[Photographer, b. 1820, Villiers-le-Bel, France, d. 1884, Cairo, Egypt.]

 It is my deepest wish that photography, instead of falling in the domain of industry, of commerce, will be included among the arts. That is its sole, true place, and that is the direction that I shall always endeavor to guide it. (1852) 

Jean-François Lyotard
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1924, Versaille, France, d. 1998, Paris.]

 It is our business not to supply reality but to invent allusions to the conceivable which cannot be presented. 

Michael Lesy
[Writer and artist, b. 1945, Shaker Heights, Ohio, lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.]

 The pictures you’re about to see are of people who were actually once alive. 

Bernard-Henri Lévy
[Writer and critic, b. 1948, Béni Saf, Algeria, lives in St-Paul-de-Vence, France.]

 No one wants to see; no one wants to hear. We have to force them to see it, then. There has to be a terrorism of the gaze. 

Henry Luce
[Publisher, b. 1898, Dengzhou, China, d. 1967, Phoenix, Arizona.]

 To see life. To see the world. To watch the faces of the poor, and the gestures of the proud. To see strange things. Machines, armies, multitudes, and shadows in the jungle. To see, and to take pleasure in seeing. To see and be instructed. To see and be amazed. (Describing the powers of photography; written for the launch of LIFE Magazine, 1936.) 

Michael Light
[Photographer, b. 1963, Florida, lives in San Francisco.]

 I take pleasure in working with the “non-art” photographs that reside in public archives, essentially authorless and owned by the world itself, because I find the world of “fine art photography” to be pretty silly and pretentious.