You don’t study photography, you just do it.
Photographing is an emotional thing, a graceful thing. Photography allows me to wander with a purpose.
Nothing is more fascinating than the human face and the human condition.
I dislike landscapes. I only like people, and plastic flowers.
The mystery isn’t in the technique, it’s in each of us.
The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination and I think it’s true. I would never choose a subject for what it means to me or what I think about it. You’ve just got to choose a subject - and what you feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold.
And the photographs have a reality for me that the people don’t. It’s through the photographs that I know them. Maybe it’s in the nature of being a photographer.
Lately I’ve been struck with how I really love what you can’t see in a photograph.
A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.
For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
You just have to live and life will give you pictures.
The pictures are there, and you just take them.
I really don’t have any idea about photography, but I take pictures.
The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same.
The portrait I do best is of the person I know best.
The discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us.