Hippolyte Bayard
[Photographer, b. 1801, Breteuil-sur-Noye, France, d. 1887, Nemours, France.]

 The corpse which you see here is that of M. Bayard, inventor of the process that has just been shown to you. As far as I know this indefatigable experimenter has been occupied for about three years with his discovery. The Government, which has been only too generous to Monsieur Daguerre, has said it can do nothing for Monsieur Bayard, and the poor wretch has drowned himself. Oh the vagaries of human life...! (1840, written on his self-portrait as a drowned man made after he was beaten to the announcement of the discovery of photography by Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre.) 

Kevin Bacon
[Actor, b. 1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 They took 3-D digital photographs of my entire body. I had to pose stark naked, assuming a kind of Spider-Man position. After a minute, one of the technicians pointed to my genitals and said, “Um, we’re not getting enough data there”... It wasn’t what you think. It turns out that the fancy digital camera doesn’t pick up dark areas too well, and they were having trouble because of the hair down there. I actually had to spray on this highlighter stuff. (On having digital photos taken for the invisible man role in the film Hollow Man) 

Edouard Boubat
[Photographer, b. 1923, Paris, France, d. 1999, Paris.]

 In some way, a photo is like a stolen kiss. In fact a kiss is always stolen, even if the woman is consenting. With a photograph it’s the same: always stolen, and still slightly consenting. 

Judith Butler
[Philosopher and theorist, b. 1956, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Berkeley, California.]

 The critical image... must not only fail to capture its referent, but show its failure. 

René Burri
[Photographer, b. 1933, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 2014, Zurich.]

 What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it is just a document. 

Manuel Álvarez Bravo
[Photographer, b. 1902, Mexico City, d. 2002, Mexico City.]

 There is no other art with as great a democratic capacity as photography. 

Francis Bacon
[Artist, b. 1909, Dublin, Ireland, d. 1992, Madrid, Spain.]

 Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people’s souls. 

Peter Beard
[Artist, b. 1938, New York, lives in New York City, Montauk Point, New York, and Ngong Hills, Kenya.]

 I think the camera is a wonderful machine, don’t you? And not to take photographs in this century is crazy.