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

 I think it does, a little, hurt to be photographed. 
 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 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. 
 Everything is so superb and breathtaking. I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies. 
 I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. 
 I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. 
 The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. 
 I don’t press the shutter. The image does. And it’s like being gently clobbered. 
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