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

 You can never capture a person in picture, never. You might get an interesting expression or gesture. I almost never research a picture subject ahead of time. I think Karsh is full of baloney. Can you imagine spending a whole week out in La Jolla with Jonas Salk soaking up his ambiance, then wind up making him look as if he’s in the studio in Ottawa with his thumb under his chin? 
 Most portraits are lies. People are rarely what they appear to be, especially in front of a camera. You might know me your entire lifetime and never reveal yourself to me. To interpret wrinkles as character is insult not insight. 
 I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. 
 I use photography to help me explain my experiences to myself. 
 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 
 One of the marvelous things about film is that if you expose it long enough you’re going to get a picture. 
 I never photograph sunsets and I never photograph moonrises. I’m not interested in what things look like. 
 You can’t teach art, so ART SCHOOL is a contradiction in terms. 
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