George W. Bush
[Politician, b. 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, lives in Dallas, Texas.]

 There are cameras nowadays that have been developed to tell the difference between a squirrel and a bomb. 

James Balog
[Photographer, b. 1952, lives in Boulder, Colorado.]

 In some cases, I allow the edge of the set, the edge of my own artificial, artistic imposition, to show up because I don’t want to hide from that. I want to acknowledge that there is a living human and a living eye and a living mind and a living heart responding to what’s going on out there. 

Tina Barney
[Photographer, b. 1945, New York, lives in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and New York.]

 Can you see the deaths, divorces, job losses or changes, disappointments, surprises, and successes on people's faces? Have they been happy, sad, disillusioned, or gratified? I have been trying the single, vertically shot portrait with my 8 x 10 since 1985 and never felt I succeeded in finding what I was looking for. 

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

 ... much futile thought had been devoted to the question of whether photography is an art. The primary question—whether the very invention of photography had not transformed the entire nature of art—was not raised. 

Dawoud Bey
[Photographer, b. 1953, Queens, New York, lives in Chicago.]

 I always wanted my photographs to challenge the status quo, to contest the kinds of images that existed in popular culture... 

Pierre Bonnard
[Artist, b. 1867, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, d. 1947, Le Cannet, France.]

 The expression on my face—who on earth would be interested in that? All that I have to say is to be found in my works. (On being photographed) 

Roland Barthes
[Writer, critic, and theorist, b. 1915, Cherbourg, d. 1980, Paris.]

 Pornography ordinarily represents the sex-organ, it makes it into an immobile object (a fetish), to which we burn incense, like a god that doesn’t leave its niche. 

Samuel Butler
[Writer, b. 1835, Langar Rectory, Nottinghamshire, England, d. 1902, London.]

 All our education is very much a case of retouching negatives till all the character and individuality is gone.