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. 
 The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. 
 I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. 
 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 Everything is so superb and breathtaking. I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies. 
 I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. 
 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. 
 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. 
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