Chuck Close
[Artist, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, lives in New York.]

 The thing that interests me about photography, and why it’s different from all other media, is that it’s the only medium in which there is even the possibility of an accidental masterpiece. 
 From my point of view, photography never got any better than it was in 1840. 
 I’ve always thought that problem solving is highly overrated and that problem creation is far more interesting. 
 I always say that inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. 
 It’s like a magic well. You think you know everything about [a] photograph, you think you've gotten everything out of it, and all of a sudden I see things in it I’d never seen before. 
 The camera is objective. When it records a face it can’t make any hierarchical decisions about a nose being more important than a cheek. The camera is not aware of what it is looking at. It just gets it all down. 
 No one makes a nude if they’re not going to get turned on, and if they claim that they are making it for other reasons it’s an absolute lie. 
 I have always attempted to create images that deliver the maximum amount of information about the subject. 
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