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. 

Paul Caponigro
[Photographer, b. 1932, Boston, Massachusetts, lives in Cushing, Maine.]

 We always point the lens both outward and inward. 

Will Connell
[Photographer, b. 1898, d. 1961, Los Angeles.]

 Photography is a language, a powerful modern method of talking to people; the camera is merely the tool that makes this communication possible. 

George Carlin
[Comedian and social critic, b. 1937, New York, d. 2008, Santa Monica, California.]

 I don’t own a camera, so I travel with a police sketch artist. 

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) 

Julio Cortázar
[Writer, b. 1914, Brussels, Belgium, d. 1984, Paris, France.]

 ...to be only the lens of my camera, something fixed, rigid, incapable of intervention. 

Paul Cezanne
[Artist, b. 1839, Aix-en-Provence, France, d. 1906, Aix, France.]

 Everything is about to disappear. You’ve got to hurry up if you still want to see things. 

John Coplans
[Artist, critic, and curator, b. 1920, London, d. 2003, New York.]

 The principal thing is the question of how our culture views age: that old is ugly. Take a photographer like Mapplethorpe. Every single photograph of his is about classical notions of beauty, of young beautiful black men, young beautiful women, and he selects subjects who are essentially interesting and good-looking and extremely physical. I can’t stand them.