Walter Benjamin
[Philosopher, critic, and theorist, b. 1892, Berlin, d. 1940, Port Bou, France.]

 History breaks down into images, not into stories. 

Nancy Burson
[Photographer and artist, b. 1948, St. Louis, Missouri, lives in New York.]

 My work from the last 25 years has been asking people to see differently. 

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. 

Roger Ballen
[Photographer, b. 1950, New York, lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.]

 Nothing is staged. And nothing is already there. Everything is transformed through the camera. 

Samuel Beckett
[Writer, b. 1906, Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland, d. 1989, Paris.]

 I still smile it’s not worth the trouble any more
for a long time now it’s not been worth the trouble
the tongue spring goes into the mud I stay like
this not thirsty any more the tongue goes back into
the mouth it closes it has to make a straight line
now it’s done I’ve made the image. 

Herbert Bayer
[Artist, graphic designer, theoretician, b. 1900, Haag, Austria, d. 1985, Montecito, California.]

 Just as typography is human speech translated into what can be read, so photography is the translation of reality into a readable image. 

Ilse Bing
[Photographer, b. 1899, Frankfurt, Germany, d. 1998, New York.]

 I didn’t choose photography; it chose me. I didn’t know it at the time. An artist doesn’t think first then do it, he is driven. 

Dmitri Baltermants
[Photographer, b. 1912, Warsaw, Poland, d. 1990, Moscow.]

 We photographers make magnificent shots of wars, fires, earthquakes, and murder: the grief of humanity. We would like to see photographs about joy, happiness and love, but on the same level of quality. I realize, though, that this is difficult.