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. 
 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. 
 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. 
 I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. 
 What’s important to me is the idea. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, Ansel Adams,‘f64’ picture. 
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