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) 
 The photographer will never replace the painter; one is a man, the other a machine. Let us compare them no longer. (1848) 
 Photography is better than art. It is a solar phenomenon in which the artist collaborates with the sun.