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

 Photos should suggest a word(s) and vice versa. They should be equal and interchangeable. 
 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 
 There’s no such thing as a bad photograph. 
 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? 
 Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography. 
 I tend to think of words as substitutes for images. I can never seem to figure out what one does that the other doesn’t do. 
 What the camera has done is show us what to concentrate upon; and consequently, what to leave out. 
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