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

 What’s important to me is the idea. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, Ansel Adams,‘f64’ picture. 
 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. 
 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? 
 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 
 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. 
 One of the marvelous things about film is that if you expose it long enough you’re going to get a picture. 
 I use photography to help me explain my experiences to myself. 
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