Vik Muniz
[Artist, b. 1961, Sao Paulo, Brazil, lives in New York.]

 If you find an idea without form, please let me know because I would love to take a picture of it. 
 My first reaction to finding Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in a book was, “Wow, what a great photograph!” I could not believe that someone had gone to so much trouble just to end up with a picture. 
 Now that photography is a digital medium, the ghost of painting is coming to haunt it: photography no longer retains a sense of truth. I think that's great, because it frees photography from factuality, the same way photography freed painting from factuality in the mid-nineteenth century. 
 Whenever I am tired of making photographs of drawings, I make drawings of photographs. 
 Illusions as bad as mine make people aware of the fallacies of visual information and the pleasure to be derived from such fallacies. 
 I photograph what I paint and I paint what I can photograph. You have to be Man Ray to make good art based on principles. 
 A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a little bit more intention, you see it. 
 Perhaps the first photograph ever taken, Niépce’s view of the rooftops over Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, was a truly pure photograph. The second one he took, he was already comparing nature to the first photograph he had taken. 
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