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

 To see and to show, is now the mission undertaken by LIFE. 

John Loengard
[Photographer, editor, and critic, b. 1934, New York, lives in New York.]

 There really is no moment. The picture is the moment. 

Clarence John Laughlin
[Photographer, b. 1905, Lake Charles, Louisiana, d. 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana.]

 As a whole, I am interested in the symbolic, rather than the literal use of the camera. 

Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)
[Poet and philosopher, b. 99 BC, Rome, d. 55 BC, Rome.]

 There exist what we call images (simulacra) of things; which, like films drawn from the outermost surface of things, flit about hither and thither through the air, it is these same that, encountering us in wakeful hours, terrify our minds, as also in sleep, when we often seem to behold wonderful shapes and images of the dead... lest by chance we should think that spirits escape from Acheron or ghosts flit about amongst the living... . I say, therefore, that semblances and thin shapes of things are thrown off from the outer surface, which are to be called as it were their films or bark, because the images bears a look and shape like the body of that from which it is shed to go on its way. 

Nathan Lyons
[Photographer, writer, and curator, b. 1930, Jamaica, New York, d. 2016, Rochester, New York.]

 Photography has achieved an unprecedented mirroring of the things in our culture. We have pictured so many aspects and objects of our environment in the form of photographs (motion pictures and television) that the composite of these representations has assumed the proportions and identity of an actual environment. 

Zoe Leonard
[Artist and photographer, b. 1961, Liberty, New York, lives in New York.]

 When people look at a photograph, they believe it… My photographs crawl along that edge. I document the world, but from my own biased point of view. 

Jacques-Henri Lartigue
[Photographer, b. 1894, Courbevoie, France, d. 1986, Nice, France.]

 To talk about photos rather than making them seems idiotic to me. It’s as though I went on and on about a woman I adored instead of making love to her. 

George Platt Lynes
[Photographer, b. 1907, East Orange New Jersey, d. 1955, New York.]

 I’m the damned soul of my (damned) camera, and God, how it hates me sometimes.