John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography. 
 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 
 There’s no such thing as a bad photograph. 
 Photos should suggest a word(s) and vice versa. They should be equal and interchangeable. 
 Probably one of the worst things to happen to photography is that cameras have viewfinders. 
 I didn’t see painters doing paintings of glassware and glass shelves or sand dunes and receding snow fences. Why does that interest photographers and not artists? 
 Find the most puzzling kind of art you can think of, and then go out and try to approximate it with your camera. Take a photograph that corresponds to it. (Assignment to students.) 
 What the camera has done is show us what to concentrate upon; and consequently, what to leave out. 
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