Wendy Ewald
[Photographer and educator, b. 1951, Detroit, Michigan, lives in Rhinebeck, New York.]

 Gradually I saw that it was less interesting for me, as an artist, to frame the world wholly according to my own perceptions. I wanted instead to create situations in which I allowed others’ perceptions to surface with my own. 
 Sometimes I think I disguise myself as a teacher in order to make the pictures I need to see. 
 I wanted to make photographs that were immediate and revealing—different from traditional portraiture that called for formal distance between artist and subject. 
 The most optimistic thing that’s happened is that as a society we're beginning to recognize that there are many voices. When I began, thirty years ago, the idea of one author or the artist as being a solitary creature was really the only idea that there was.