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

 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 don’t press the shutter. The image does. And it’s like being gently clobbered. 
 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 The photograph is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. 
 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. 
 I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. 
 The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. 
 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. 
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