D.H. Lawrence
[Writer, b. 1885, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 1930, Vence, France.]

 The identifying of ourselves with the visual image of ourselves has become an instinct; the habit is already old. The picture of me, the me that is seen, is me. (1925) 

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. 

Saul Leiter
[Photographer, b. 1923, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, d. 2013, New York.]

 If I’d only known which [photographs] would be very good and liked, I wouldn’t have had to do all the thousands of others. 

Loretta Lux
[Photographer, b. 1969, Dresden, Germany, lives in Dublin, Ireland.]

 [My subjects] look lost because that is how I see life. I think we are all a bit lost, lost in a world we can’t understand. 

George Platt Lynes
[Photographer, b. 1907, East Orange New Jersey, d. 1955, New York.]

 I’m the damned soul of my (damned) camera, and God, how it hates me sometimes. 

Jacques Lacan
[Writer and psychoanalyst, b. 1901, Paris, France, d. 1981, Paris.]

 In this matter of the visible, everything is a trap. 

Richard Long
[Artist, b. 1945, Bristol, England, lives in Bristol.]

 I am an artist who sometimes chooses to use photographs, although I am not a photographer. 

Nikki S. Lee
[Photographer, b. 1970, Kye-Chang, Korea, lives in New York.]

 What does it mean to go deeper? Taking pictures when you’re more emotional or sorrowful, or having sex? I just want to have really boring snapshots—people just standing in front of a camera taking pictures with a smile.