Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 The photograph is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. 
 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. 
 One thing that struck me very early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in. 
 What moves me about... what’s called technique... is that it comes from some mysterious deep place. I mean it can have something to do with the paper and the developer and all that stuff, but it comes mostly from some very deep choices somebody has made that take a long time and keep haunting them. 
 I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do—that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it I felt very perverse. 
 Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats. 
 I think it does, a little, hurt to be photographed. 
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