Gustave Flaubert
[Writer, b. 1821, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, d. 1880, Rouen, France.]

 DAGUERREOTYPE Will take the place of painting. (See PHOTOGRAPHY.) (From “The Dictionary of Received Ideas,” assembled from notes Flaubert made in the 1870s.) 

Thomas Roma
[Photographer, b. 1950, Brooklyn, New York, lives in Brooklyn.]

 Imagine what Masaccio or Leonardo would have done if they had an instrument with which they could point, push a button, and get an image. 

Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
[Photographer, b. 1889, Brassó, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), d. 1984, Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, France.]

 Photography is the very conscience of painting. It constantly reminds the latter of what it must not do. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 What served in the place of the photograph, before the camera’s invention? The expected answer is the engraving, the drawing, the painting. The more revealing answer might be: memory. 

Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 From its start, photography implied the capture of the largest possible number of subjects. Painting never had so imperial a scope. 

John Szarkowski
[Curator, critic, historian, and photographer, b. 1925, Ashland, Wisconsin, d. 2007, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.]

 The invention of photography provided a radically new picture-making process—a process based not in synthesis but on selection. The difference was a basic one. Paintings were made... but photographs, as the man on the street puts it, were taken. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 A photograph is to a painting what an automobile is to a horse. A rider on his horse is a beautiful thing, but I prefer a man in an airplane. 

Jean-Dominique Ingres
[Artist, b. 1780, Montauban, France, d. 1867, Paris, France.]

 Which of us could achieve this exactitude... this delicate modeling... indeed, what a wonderful thing photography is—but one dare not say that aloud. 
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