Allen Ginsberg
[Poet and writer, b. 1926, Newark, New Jersey, d. 1997, New York.]

 In portraiture, you have the fleeting moment to capture the image as it passes and before it dissolves. And in a way, that’s special for photography. It captures the shadow of a moment, so to speak. 
 What would I want to know if I were looking at a photograph of Rimbaud and Verlaine together? What were they doing that day? What had they been talking about? What were they occupied with? Where was it? (On writing captions) 
 [My photographs were] meant more for an audience in heaven than one here on earth—and that’s why they’re charming. 
 So the problem for the poetic artist or the photographer is the common problem of continuous attentiveness, continuous attempts to notice what he is noticing, continuous alertness to catch himself thinking or seeing, devotional attentiveness to the world he’s moving through. 
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