John Barrymore
[Actor, b. 1882, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1942, Los Angeles.]

 The camera is too intimate. It crawls down your throat and creeps up your nostrils and it tells you what you are. 

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. 

Wynn Bullock
[Photographer, b. 1902, Chicago, Illinois, d. 1975, Monterey, California.]

 Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived. 

Pierre Bourdieu
[Sociologist, b. 1930, Denguin, France, d. 2002, Paris.]

 The photographic act in every way contradicts the popular representation of artistic creation as effort and toil. 

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. 

Gus Blaisdell
[Writer, b. 1935, San Diego, d. 2003, Albuquerque, New Mexico.]

 Photography is inherently occult, a medium contacting the dead without contagion. 

George Bataille
[Philosopher and writer, b. 1897, Billon, Puy-de-Dôme, France, d. 1962, Paris.]

 ...specialist art photographers can produce nothing more than rather tedious technical acrobatics. Press photographs or film stills are much more pleasurable to look at and much livelier than the majority of masterpieces that are presented for the public’s admiration. 

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.