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. 

Ambrose Bierce
[Writer and journalist, b. 1842, Horse Cave Creek, Ohio, disappeared 1914, Chihuahua, Mexico.]

 A photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne. 

Dmitri Baltermants
[Photographer, b. 1912, Warsaw, Poland, d. 1990, Moscow.]

 We photographers make magnificent shots of wars, fires, earthquakes, and murder: the grief of humanity. We would like to see photographs about joy, happiness and love, but on the same level of quality. I realize, though, that this is difficult. 

Max Beckman
[Artist, b. 1884, Leipzig, Germany, d. 1950, New York.]

 We will enjoy ourselves with the forms that are given us: a human face, a hand, the breast of a woman or the body of a man, a glad or sorrowful expression, the infinite seas, the wild rocks, the melancholy language of the black trees in the snow, the wild strength of spring flowers and the heavy lethargy of a hot summer day when Pan, our old friend, sleeps and the ghosts of midday whisper. This alone is enough to make us forget the grief of the world, or to give it form. 

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. 

Jean-Marc Bustamante
[Photographer, b. 1952, Toulouse, France, lives in Paris.]

 I wanted not to make photographs that would be art, but art that would be photography. 

John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 There’s no such thing as a bad photograph. 

Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 All we did was to turn back the time to a photography of precision which is superior to the human eye.