Robert Frank
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland, lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and New York.]

 I hate to be photographed. I can’t stand to be pinned in front of a camera. I do that to people. I don’t like it done to me. 
 People want to know so much now. All the time, this wanting to know. Where does it lead? Nowhere. 
 A message picture is something that’s simply too clear. 
 When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice. 
 It’s not the decisive moment. It’s not the beginning or end. It’s the middle. It’s more like a question. 
 The kind of photography I did is gone. It’s old. There’s no point in it anymore for me, and I get no satisfaction from trying to do it. There are too many pictures now. It’s overwhelming. A flood of images that passes by, and says, “Why should we remember anything?” There is too much to remember now, too much to take in. 
 You can photograph anything now. 
 [Taking photographs is] almost embarrassing, everyone does it, after all. And everyone has the pictures in their head already anyway, all more or less the same. (2002) 
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