Ad Reinhardt
[Artist, b. 1913, Buffalo, New York, d. 1967, New York.]

 The eye is a menace to clear sight. 

George Rodger
[Photojournalist, b. 1908, Hale, Cheshire, England, d. 1995, Smarden, Kent, England.]

 When I discovered that I could look at the horror of Belsen—4,000 dead and starving lying around—and think only of a nice photographic composition, I knew something had happened to me and it had to stop. 

Wilhelm Röntgen
[Physicist, b. 1845, Lennep, Germany, d. 1923, Weilheim, Germany.]

 For me photography was the means to the end, but they made it the most important thing. (On the discovery of X-ray photography.) 

Bertrand Russell
[Philosopher and social critic, b. 1872, Trellech, Monmouthshire, England, d. 1970, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales.]

 Memory demands an image. 

Thomas Roma
[Photographer, b. 1950, Brooklyn, New York, lives in Brooklyn.]

 Imagine what Masaccio or Leonardo would have done if they had an instrument with which they could point, push a button, and get an image. 

Jacob Riis
[Photographer and reformer, b. 1849, Denmark, d. 1914, Barre, Massachusetts.]

 I do not want [photography] explained to me in terms of... formulas, learned, but so hopelessly unsatisfying. I do not want my butterfly stuck on a pin and put in a glass case. I want to see the sunlight on its wings as it flits from flower to flower and I don’t care a rap what its Latin name may be. 

Donald Rumsfeld
[Bureaucrat, U.S. Secretary of Defense, b. 1932, Chicago, lives in St. Michaels, Maryland.]

 Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost. 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
[Artist, b. 1841, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.]

 Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.