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Born: 1946-11-04
Profession: Photographer
Nation: American
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I see things like they've never been seen before. Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it is made.

Tags: Art, Seen, Time

I wish I could be elegant.

Tags: Elegant, Wish

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please.

Tags: Dad, Done, Father

I'm not a photojournalist.

Tags: Bodies, Days

If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.

Tags: Change, Lifestyle

My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be.

Tags: Brother, Dad, Father

My lifestyle is bizarre, but the only thing you need to know is where the darkroom is.

Tags: Bizarre, Darkroom, Lifestyle

My theory about creativity is that the more money one has, the more creative one can be.

Tags: Creative, Creativity, Money

One must ease the public into it - that's an art in itself.

Tags: Art, Ease, Public

Sell the public flowers... things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.

Tags: Flowers, Public, Sell

The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.

Tags: Pictures

The photographs that are art have to be separated from the rest - then preserved.

Tags: Art, Rest, Separated

This AIDS stuff is pretty scary. I hope I don't get it.

Tags: Hope, Pretty, Stuff

When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I'm human. It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera. I forget I exist.

Tags: Forget, Sex, Someone

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers.

Tags: Avoid, Become, Party

I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it.

Tags: Gay, Men, Thought

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.

Tags: Art, God, Work
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To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.

Tags: Art, Big, Powerful

You're never going to get anywhere in life if you don't live up to your obligations.

Tags: Anywhere, Life

I don't believe in dogmas and theologies. I just believe in being a good person.

Tags: Dogmas, Good

I should try to get some sleep as one doesn't know what tomorrow may bring.

Tags: May, Sleep, Tomorrow

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.

Tags: Money, Time, Wait

Beauty and the devil are the same thing.

Tags: Beauty, Devil

I always thought I was good. That's why it was so frustrating when other people didn't agree.

Tags: Good, Thought, Why

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.

Tags: Artists, Attribute, Selfish

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.

Tags: Madness, Perfect, Today

I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before.

Tags: Looking, Seen, Unexpected

I've never lied. I think I've lived a moral life.

Tags: Life, Lived, Moral

Just because I was out at the bars all the time didn't mean I wasn't looking for someone to love.

Tags: Love, Someone, Time

Whenever you make love to someone, there should be three people involved - you, the other person, and the devil.

Tags: Devil, Love, Someone

With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.

Tags: Energy, Put, Short

Happiness? No, it's not there for me.

Tags: Happiness

I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied.

Tags: Beauty, Perfect, Tough

I can't have just anybody assisting me, I need somebody who I can really communicate with.

Tags: Anybody, Assisting, Somebody

I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it.

Tags: Good, Looking, Why

I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.

Tags: Knows, Motivation, True

I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame.

Tags: Enough, Fame, Hope

I just try to live my life and do my thing.

Tags: Life, Try

I just want to be written about as a normal artist.

Tags: Artist, Normal, Written

I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself.

Tags: Flowers, Good, Played

I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn't making a point.

Tags: Happened, Making, Point