[Photographer, b. 1953, Washington, D.C., lives in New York and Paris.]
There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one to be invited to the party. But I’m not crashing; this is my party. This is my family, my friends.
The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex.
Where is the line between life and photographing life?
For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It’s a way of touching somebody—it’s a caress.... I think that you can actually give people access to their own soul.
If I want to take a picture, I take it no matter what.
Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures.
I used to think I couldn’t lose anyone if I photographed them enough.
...anybody can take a picture. Now, you don’t even have to be a person, you can be a telephone. There were always too many pictures in the world and today there are billions of pictures.