J.G. Ballard
[Writer, b. 1930, Shanghai, d. 2009, Shepperton, England.]

 Nudity in photography, whether involving adults or children, is a subject sinking under a freight of political and moral disapproval it could never hope to support, and this is not the place for me to get out the bilge pump. I will only say that critics who tremble so fiercely at the thought of the voyeuristic male gaze miss the point that distance generates mystery and enchantment, and expresses the awe with which the male imagination regards all women. 

Olivo Barbieri
[Photographer, b. 1954, Carpi, Italy, lives in Milan.]

 I see the world as a temporary site-specific installation, structures, infrastructures, the foundation of our sense of belonging and our identity, seen from afar, as a great scale model: the city as an avatar of itself. 

Matthew Barney
[Artist, b. 1967, San Francisco, lives in New York.]

 I don’t think my work is so strange. It’s just a matter of having the discipline to go the whole way with an idea, to stretch it as far as it can go. 

John Barrymore
[Actor, b. 1882, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1942, Los Angeles.]

 The camera is too intimate. It crawls down your throat and creeps up your nostrils and it tells you what you are. 

Edouard Boubat
[Photographer, b. 1923, Paris, France, d. 1999, Paris.]

 In some way, a photo is like a stolen kiss. In fact a kiss is always stolen, even if the woman is consenting. With a photograph it’s the same: always stolen, and still slightly consenting. 

Brigitte Bardot
[Actress, b. 1934, Paris, lives in Saint Tropez, France.]

 A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. 

Albert Bierstadt
[Painter, b. 1830, Solingen, Germany, d. 1902, New York.]

 We have a great many Indian subjects. We were quite fortunate in getting them, the natives not being willing to have the brass tube of the camera pointed at them. Of course they were astonished when we showed them pictures they did not sit for; and the best we have taken have been obtained without the knowledge of the parties, which is, in fact, the best way to take any portraits. 

David Byrne
[Musician and artist, b. 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 …if photos can reproduce the world more perfectly than any painter, can capture an instant, a look, a gesture, then what makes a painting good anymore? Painting subverts this subversion of its traditional nature by redefining itself—art is idea, not simply skillful execution. So, a work can be crudely made, or even machine made—but it has to be practically and functionally useless.