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. 
 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 really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. 
 I don’t press the shutter. The image does. And it’s like being gently clobbered. 
 Everything is so superb and breathtaking. I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies. 
 The photograph is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. 
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