Ambrose Bierce
[Writer and journalist, b. 1842, Horse Cave Creek, Ohio, disappeared 1914, Chihuahua, Mexico.]

 A photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne. 

David Burnett
[Photojournalist, b. 1946, Salt Lake City, Utah, lives in Arlington, Virginia.]

 When you’ve lived through the golden age of photojournalism, there’s no point in being nostalgic. 

Charles Baudelaire
[Writer, b. 1821, Paris, d. 1867, Paris.]

 Our squalid society rushed, Narcissus to a man, to gaze on its trivial image on a scrap of metal. 

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. 

Hans Bellmer
[Artist, b. 1902, Kattowitz, Germany (now Katowice, Poland), d. 1975, Paris.]

 Perhaps there was more authentic danger in the photography that was banned—why shouldn’t one be able to produce it? But this new enthusiasm finally caused us some trouble, and it suffices to say, if I remember correctly, that it was in this way that my thoughts turned to the young maidens. 

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

 Probably one of the worst things to happen to photography is that cameras have viewfinders. 

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. 

Lewis Baltz
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]

 The world was already in the condition of art, waiting to be noticed as such. As Robert Irwin famously said, “I feel like a man sitting beside a river selling water.”