Gilles Deleuze
[Writer and philosopher, b. 1925, Paris, d. 1995, Paris.]

 Photography, if there is photography, is already snapped, already shot, in the very interior of things and for all points of space. 

Luc Delahaye
[Photographer, b. 1962, Tours, France, lives in Paris.]

 What you want to be is a poet…. To voice the real and at the same time create an image that is a world in itself, with its own coherence, its autonomy and sovereignty; an image that thinks. 

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.) 

Eugène Delacroix
[Artist, b. 1798, Charenton-St.Maurice, France, d. 1863, Paris.]

 [Photography is] in some ways false just because it is so exact. 

Arthur Danto
[Writer, b. 1924, Ann Arbor, Michigan, d. 2013, New York.]

 It takes a certain suspension of squeamishness to see a Polaroid that Mapplethorpe devoted to his own engorged penis, held erect like a blunt club by means of a leather loop around his testicles, in the same aesthetic terms as the Photo-Secessionist masterpieces ... But that was the paradox of Mapplethorpe’s achievement—to show what one can barely stand to look at in photographs so beautiful one can hardly takes one’s eye off them. 

André Derain
[Artist, b. 1880, Chatou, France, d. 1954, Chambourcy, France.]

 It was the era of photography. This may have influenced us, and played a part in our reaction against anything resembling a snapshot of life. (On the year 1905) 

George Davison
[Photographer, b. 1854, Lowestoft, England, d. 1930, Antibes, France.]

 ...given a subject with really strong poetic possibilities in it, sharpness and detail will go a long way to render it commonplace. (1889) 

Terence Donovan
[Photographer, b. 1936, Stepney, England, d. 1996, London.]

 The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn’t what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organised visual lying.