Douglas Huebler
[Photographer and artist, b. 1924, Ann Arbor, Michigan, d. 1997, Truro, Massachusetts.]

 Throughout the artist’s lifetime he will photographically document, to the extent of his capacity, the existence of everyone alive. (Proposal) 
 The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more. 
 What has interested me all along is not the pronouncement of meaning but pointing toward the way meaning is formed. 
 I use the camera as a “dumb” copying device that only serves to document whatever phenomenon appears before it through the conditions set by a system. No “esthetic” choices are possible. Other people often make the photographs. It makes no difference. 
 I set up a system, and the system can catch part of what is happening in the world—what’s going on in the world—an appearance in the world, and suspend that appearance itself from being important…. The work is about the system. 
 Every photograph is a realization of one of the possibilities contained within the program of the camera. The number of such possibilities is large, but it is nevertheless finite. It is the sum of all those photographs that can be taken by a camera. 
 In the same sense that I don’t care about specific appearance I really don’t care about precise or exhaustive documentation. The documents prove nothing. They make the piece exist and I am interested in having that existence occur in as simple a way as possible. 
 I think everything is available as subject matter and I really mean everything. I concern myself with time, space, and things that are going on in the world, and everything. Not with a sense of trying to restate or interpret or express something, but to take something out of the world just long enough and use just enough of that to throw something out, bring something back, that I can call an image. 
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