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

 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. 
 People believe in the reality of photographs, but not in the reality of paintings. That gives photographers an enormous advantage. Unfortunately, photographers also believe in the reality of photographs. 
 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? 
 Get Weston off your back, forget Arbus, Frank, Adams, White, don’t look at photographs. Kill the Buddha. 
 You can’t teach art, so ART SCHOOL is a contradiction in terms. 
 What’s important to me is the idea. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, Ansel Adams,‘f64’ picture. 
 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 
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