Thomas Demand
[Photographer, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, lives in Los Angeles.]

 It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t make photographs. 
 …the chances of making it as an artist are so small, I’d advise anyone to do something they are really passionate about, rather than speculating about what other people might be interested in. That way, if you don’t make it, which is quite likely, you at least know you were working on something that meant something to you. 
 I think that nowadays there are more images in the world than world to be in the pictures. 
 …if I’m invited to do a photography show, I tend to say no. The medium itself, I find, is a relatively boring context. You would never see a show about acrylic paint. 
 [Cameras] start to interpret life to us, which is a tautological circle, and I wonder how long you can feed yourself with yourself. 
 I’m self-taught in photography, but it’s easy. People make a bigger deal of it than it actually is. 
 [With my photographs] you have a [single, forever fixed] moment and my particular angle of vision. My tyrannical condition, as it were, is that I prescribe your vision. 
 My work is in itself a ghost of my vision. 
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