Marcus Tullius Cicero
[Statesman, orator, writer, b. 106 BC, Arpinum, Roman Empire, d. 43 BC, Rome.]

 The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body. [Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.] 

Stephen Colbert
[Satirist and television host, b. 1964, Washington, D.C., lives in New York.]

 Cameras are dangerous. With no waiting period or background check, any whack-job could just stroll into a Wal-Mart and walk out with a semi-automatic. Now, for years I’ve been pressing for stricter regulations on cameras, especially around our elected officials. Too many political lives have been cut short by some crazed shooter. 

Peter Conrad
[Critic, b. 1948, Hobart, Tasmania, lives in Oxford, England.]

 The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and prised open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again. 

Jane Welsh Carlyle
[Writer, b. 1801, Haddington, Scotland, d. 1866, London, England.]

 Blessed be the inventor of photography! I set him above even the inventor of chloroform! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has cast up in my time or is like to—this art by which even the poor can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones. And mustn’t it be acting favourably on the morality of the country? (1859) 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
[Writer, b. 1772, Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England, d. 1834, Highgate, London.]

 Creation rather than painting, or if painting, yet such, and with such co-presence of the whole picture flash’d at once upon the eye, as the sun paints in a camera obscura. (Describing his poetic ideal, 1817) 

Alvin Langdon Coburn
[Photographer, b. 1882, Boston, Massachusetts, d. 1966, Wales.]

 It is my hope that photography may fall in line with all the other arts and with her infinite possibilities, do things strange and more fascinating than the most fantastic dreams. 

Teju Cole
[Writer and photographer, b. 1975, Kalamazoo, Michigan, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 Images make us think of other images. Photographs remind us of other photographs, and perhaps only the earliest photographs had a chance to evade this fate. 

Anton Corbijn
[Photographer, b. 1955, Strijen, Netherlands, lives in London.]

 ... yes, I’ve become a little more professional—which I don’t really want to be but I can’t help it at some point.