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

 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 I think it does, a little, hurt to be photographed. 
 Everything is so superb and breathtaking. I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies. 
 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. 
 I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. 
 The photograph is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. 
 The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. 
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