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Photography is very presumptuous. Photographers are always photographing other people’s lives – something they know nothing about – and drawing great inferences into it.
You can’t see fear or lust; you can’t photograph someone’s anxieties, how disappointment feels. Photographs are approximations.
The only thing I know anything about are my own fantasies and anxieties. I don’t trust my eyes. I consider myself to be a short-story…
To photograph reality is to photograph nothing.
Most photographs, to me, are description, but they lack insight.
The question of truth is forever in the air, and people look for it with particular fervor in art.
I’ve done a lot of commercial work. I’m the complete photographer.
In the West, people tend to look at life as spectators, but in the East, people are the thing.
I’m very hard on the art world just being a big business.
Art has to address eternal issues.
I’m a terrible punster. And I love to rhyme. I just can’t help myself.
All good work has magic in it, and addresses the mind in a subtle way.
All good children’s books, I think, address metaphysical issues in some kind of way.
I write in order to express what the photo itself cannot say. A photograph of my father doesn’t tell me what I thought of him,…
My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient.
Usually when painters use photographs, they enlarge and copy them and simply make a large, boring painting of a large, boring photograph.
The majority of photographers focus on the obvious. They believe and accept what their eyes tell them, and yet eyes know nothing.
I still find doing portraits a terrific challenge, but even though I’ve done hundreds of them, I’ve never stopped questioning the very nature of portraiture…
I already know what things look like – I don’t want description. People believe in appearances, and I don’t believe in appearances at all.
I got a lot of flak originally for writing with photographs, because the great cliche in photography is that one photograph is worth a thousand…
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