David LaChapelle
[Photographer, b. 1968, Connecticut, lives in New York.]

 I think we’re in a post-pornographic time and nothing seems shocking, but everything remains carnal no matter what you do. 

Danny Lyon
[Photographer, b. 1942, New York, lives in Ulster County, New York.]

 The use of the camera has always been for me a tool of investigation, a reason to travel, to not mind my own business, and often to get into trouble. 

Edwin Land
[Inventor and entrepreneur, b. 1909, Bridgeport, Connecticut, d. 1991, Cambridge, Massachusetts.]

 Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. 

El Lissitzky (Eleazar Markovich Lisitskii)
[Artist, b. 1890, Vitebsk, Russia, d. 1941, Schodnia, Soviet Union.]

 Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people’s consciousness... No form of representation is so readily comprehensible to the masses as photography. 

Michael Lesy
[Writer and artist, b. 1945, Shaker Heights, Ohio, lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.]

 Cameras don’t take pictures, people take pictures. 

Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone)
[Actress, b. 1934, Rome, lives in Geneva.]

 [William] Klein has eyes like a knife. He is ruthless and outrageous but never mean—he is tender and funny and violent—and, I’m sure, really in love with our crazy Rome. 

Vera Lutter
[Photographer, b. 1960, Kaiserslautern, Germany, lives in New York.]

 The first time I created a camera obscura, after I had realized how long I had to sit in there to adjust my eyes to the darkness, to see the projection, which is about 20 or 30 minutes—I thought I’d seen God. 

Sherrie Levine
[Artist, b. 1947, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 Maybe I should see things as they really are and not as I want them to be.