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

 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. 
 You can’t teach art, so ART SCHOOL is a contradiction in terms. 
 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. 
 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 never photograph sunsets and I never photograph moonrises. I’m not interested in what things look like. 
 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. 
 I use photography to help me explain my experiences to myself. 
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