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

 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. 
 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 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 don’t press the shutter. The image does. And it’s like being gently clobbered. 
 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. 
 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. 
 I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. 
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