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

 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 

Charles Baudelaire
[Writer, b. 1821, Paris, d. 1867, Paris.]

 All the visible universe is nothing but a shop of images and signs. 

André Breton
[Artist, writer, editor, and critic, b. 1896, Tinchebray, France, d. 1966, Paris, France.]

 Radios? Fine. Syphilis? If you like. Photography? I don’t see any reason why not. (Manifesto of Surrealism, 1924) 

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. 

George W. Bush
[Politician, b. 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, lives in Dallas, Texas.]

 Four score and seven years ago. We have come here to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place. My fellow members of the press corps, especially the camera man, tax relief is on the way; don’t spend it all in one place. (Testing the microphone at the Republican National Convention.) 

Jorge Luis Borges
[Writer, poet, and librarian, b. 1899, Buenos Aires, Argentina, d. 1986, Geneva, Switzerland.]

 Image is sorcery. 

Matthew Brady
[Photographer, b. 1823, Warren County, New York, d. 1896, New York.]

 A spirit in my feet said “go,” and I went. (On why he photographed the Civil War.) 

Ilse Bing
[Photographer, b. 1899, Frankfurt, Germany, d. 1998, New York.]

 I didn’t choose photography; it chose me. I didn’t know it at the time. An artist doesn’t think first then do it, he is driven.