Jasper Johns
[Artist, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, lives in Sharon, Connecticut and the island of St. Martin.]

 A picture ought to be looked at the same way you look at a radiator. 

Jim Jarmusch
[Film director, b. 1953, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, lives in New York.]

 Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” 

Jesse Jackson
[Minister and activist, b. 1941, Greenville, South Carolina, lives in Chicago.]

 Pictures can live in one’s memory. That’s why they are important. 

Estelle Jussim
[Writer and critic, b. 1927, New York, d. 2004, Holyoke, Massachusetts.]

 A photograph is as much an act of interpretation as it is an artifact. 

William Henry Jackson
[Photographer, b. 1843, Keesville, New York, d. 1942, New York.]

 Portrait photography never had any charms for me, so I sought my subjects from the house-tops, and finally from the hill-tops and about the surrounding country; the taste strengthening as my successes became greater in proportion to the failures. 

William James
[Writer, philosopher, and psychologist, b. 1842, New York, d. 1910, Chocoura, New Hampshire.]

 Whilst part of what we perceive comes through our senses from the object before us, another part (and it may be the larger part) always comes out of our own mind. 

James Joyce
[Writer, b. 1882, Rathgar, Ireland, d. 1941, Zurich, Switzerland.]

 ...Ill make him feel all over him till he half faints under me then hell write about me lover and mistress publicly too with our 2 photographs in all the papers when he becomes famous... 

Carl Jung
[Psychoanalyst and writer, b. 1875, Kessewil, Switzerland, d. 1961, Zurich.]

 ...consciousness can keep only a few images in full clarity at one time, and even this clarity fluctuates.