Judy Dater
[Photographer, b. 1941, Hollywood, lives in San Francisco.]

 I want to show people as they are, not glorified, no shame—fat, bulges, wrinkles and all. I want the work to be disturbing, unsettling, provocative, challenging, and thought provoking. 
 I started photographing men in 1964. Fourteen years later I got a Guggenheim, even so no one would publish the male nudes. 
 The older I get, the one thing I can trust in myself more than anything else is the way I feel about something. When I photograph I try to be as aware of my feelings as I can be to somehow try and get them out of me and onto the film in terms of the way I am responding or seeing the world. 
 I’ve done a lot of nudes and there’s always a sexual charge. 
 I think when you’re photographing—when anybody’s photographing another person in a private situation, it’s a kind of a seduction but it’s not always a sexual seduction... I feel like when Jack [Welpott] was doing it, it was a sexual seduction and when I was doing it, it was more of a psychological seduction in order to get them to cooperate with me... Not because I wanted them to spread their legs or... be, you know, “Wanna sleep with me?”, or whatever. 
 I’ve consciously tried to be provocative and disturbing. 
 Portraits I’ve done in the past I’ve always thought were a reflection of me.