Lewis Baltz
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]

 I assumed from the outset that photography was already art, and that I and other people working in photography were artists. I understand now that this was a minority point of view. 
 ...you don’t put an object in a museum because it’s beautiful; an object is beautiful because you put it in a museum. Everything is photogenic once it has been photographed. 
 It might be more useful, if not necessarily more true, to think of photography as a narrow, deep area between the novel and film. 
 I believed it was necessary to investigate photography, dismantle it, jettison all the non-essential components, and begin again with a stripped down but more powerful idea of what is, or could be “photographic.” 
 I think being a photographer is a little like being a whore: if you’re really really good at it, nobody will call you that. 
 …the questioning of the photograph in its relation to the reality, the interrogation of representation, the famous crisis of representation, really all took place before digital technology. Digital technology, you see, is not the villain here. (1998) 
 I wanted [my photography] to appear as though the camera was seeing by itself. 
 I used photography to distance myself from a world that I loathed and was powerless to improve. 
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