Joe Deal
[Photographer, b. 1947, Topeka, Kansas, d. 2010, Providence, Rhode Island.]

 The world is infinitely more interesting than any of my opinions concerning it. 

Alphonse de Lamartine
[Writer, poet, and politician, b. 1790, Mâcon, France, d. 1869, Paris.]

 It is because of the servility of photography that I am fundamentally contemptuous of this chance invention which will never be an art but which plagiarizes nature by means of optics. (1848) 

Denis Donoghue
[Critic, b. 1928, Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland, lives in New York.]

 The camera has an interest in turning history into spectacle, but none in reversing the process. At best, the picture leaves a vague blur in the observer’s mind; strong enough to send him into battle perhaps, but not to have him understand why he is going. 

James Dean
[Actor, b. 1931, Marion, Indiana, d. 1955, Cholame, California.]

 Can’t you see? I’m Michelangelo’s David. (Explaining his pose to photographer Roy Schatt.) 

Paul Delaroche
[Artist, b. 1797, Paris, d. 1856, Paris.]

 From today painting is dead. (Attributed, 1839) 

Louise Georgina Daguerre (né Arrowsmith)
[Wife of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, b. 1810, d. 1857.]

 He is always at thought; he cannot sleep at night for it. I am afraid he is out of his mind; do you, as a man of science, think it can every be done, or is he mad? (1827, to chemist J.B. Dumas on her husband’s efforts to invent photography.) 

Geoff Dyer
[Writer and critic, b. 1958, Cheltenham, England, lives in London.]

 In photography there is no meantime. There was just that moment and now there’s this moment and in between there is nothing. Photography, in a way, is the negation of chronology. 

The Dalai Lama (Lhamo Dhondrub)
[Spiritual leader, b. 1935, Taktser, Tibet, lives in exile.]

 I know the earth is round by relying on the words of someone who has seen it and proved it with photographs... You have to rely on a person who has already had this kind of experience and has no reason to tell lies. (Explaining the Buddhist concept of extremely hidden phenomena.)