Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 One of the marvelous things about film is that if you expose it long enough you’re going to get a picture. 
 I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. 
 I believe in the invisible. I do not believe in the definitive reality of things around us. For me, reality is the intuition and the imagination and the quiet voice inside my head that says: isn’t that extraordinary? The things in our lives are the shadows of reality, just as we ourselves are shadows. 
 I use photography to help me explain my experiences to myself. 
 The camera is like a typewriter, in the sense in which you can use the machine to write a love letter, a book, or a business memo. 
 I never photograph sunsets and I never photograph moonrises. I’m not interested in what things look like. 
 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 
 Get Weston off your back, forget Arbus, Frank, Adams, White, don’t look at photographs. Kill the Buddha. 
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