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Born: 1940-03-20
Profession: Photographer
Nation: American
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I respect newspapers, but the reality is that magazine 'photojournalism' is finished. They want illustrations, Photoshopped pictures of movie stars.

Tags: Reality, Respect, Stars

I think the prom is very serious also. It's an American ritual, it's a rite of passage, and it's very much a part of this country.

Tags: American, Country, Serious

I wanted to travel from the beginning. As a kid, I used to dream about airplanes, before I ever flew in one.

Tags: Dream, Travel, Wanted

I was fascinated by my own prom pictures.

Tags: Fascinated, Pictures, Prom

I'm a documentary photographer. That's what I've always wanted to be; that's where my heart and soul is.

Tags: Heart, Soul, Wanted

I'm just interested in what makes a photograph.

Tags: Interested, Makes, Photograph

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography.

Tags: Computers, Nowadays, Shots

One of my all-time favorite photographers is Irving Penn. I wish I could have watched him work.

Tags: Him, Wish, Work

Photograph the world as it is. Nothing's more interesting than reality.

Tags: Photograph, Reality

Reality is always extraordinary.

Tags: Reality

The obsessions we have are pretty much the same our whole lives. Mine are people, the human condition, life.

Tags: Human, Life, Pretty

Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.

Tags: Ideas, Society, Work

I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.

Tags: After, Soul, Why

I really knew when I started photographing I wanted it to be a way of knowing different cultures, not just in other countries but in this country, too, and I knew I wanted to be a voyeur.

Tags: Country, Knowing, Wanted

I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it.

Tags: Black, Sometimes, Work

I'm not against digital photography. It's great for newspapers. And there are photographers doing great work digitally. When they use Photoshop as a darkroom tool, that's fine, too. But at this point of my life, after so many years, I don't really want to change, and I still love film.

Tags: Change, Life, Love

If I hadn't become a photographer, I would have loved to become a doctor. I would have loved to have done something that actually helped people and changed their lives.

Tags: Become, Done, Lives

Sometimes I work on film sets. I've done this for 40 years. I always wanted to photograph on the set of an Ingmar Bergman film. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity.

Tags: Done, Sometimes, Work

There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well.

Tags: Best, Friends, Respect

When I started out, it was considered very wrong to change an image. There were scandals if someone inserted a sky into a war picture or something. Now it's all about that.

Tags: Change, Someone, War

When you're working on a film, it's almost like photographing paintings at a museum. You're photographing somebody else's world. I just try and interpret it and make it real, and make it what the actors are about, what the director is about, and what the film is about.

Tags: Real, Try, Working

Competing at the highest level is the greatest test of one's character.

Tags: Character, Greatest, Test

Being an Olympian is the ultimate test of one's sporting ability.

Tags: Ability, Test, Ultimate

The Olympic Games is the ultimate level of competition.

Tags: Games, Level, Ultimate

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