John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 I didn’t see painters doing paintings of glassware and glass shelves or sand dunes and receding snow fences. Why does that interest photographers and not artists? 

Constantin Brâncuşi
[Sculptor, b. 1876, Hobiţa, Romania, d. 1957, Paris.]

 Why write [about my art]? Why not just show the photographs? 

Charles Babbage
[Mathematician, analytical philosopher, proto-computer scientist, b. 1791, London, England, d. 1871, London.]

 An object is frequently not seen, from not knowing how to see it, rather than from any defect of the organ of vision. 

Max Beckman
[Artist, b. 1884, Leipzig, Germany, d. 1950, New York.]

 The important thing is first of all to have a real love for the visible world that lies outside ourselves as well as to know the deep secret of what goes on within ourselves. 

William Burroughs
[Writer, b. 1914, St. Louis, Missouri, d. 1997, Lawrence, Kansas.]

 There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit. 

Jean-Marc Bustamante
[Photographer, b. 1952, Toulouse, France, lives in Paris.]

 I wanted not to make photographs that would be art, but art that would be photography. 

Walead Beshty
[Artist, b. 1976, London, lives in Los Angeles.]

 There is no photograph more inherently photographic than another. 

David Byrne
[Musician and artist, b. 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 …if photos can reproduce the world more perfectly than any painter, can capture an instant, a look, a gesture, then what makes a painting good anymore? Painting subverts this subversion of its traditional nature by redefining itself—art is idea, not simply skillful execution. So, a work can be crudely made, or even machine made—but it has to be practically and functionally useless.