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

 The ideal photographic document would appear to be without author or art. 
 I wanted [my photography] to appear as though the camera was seeing by itself. 
 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. 
 I never had any profound loyalty to the idea of photography as a medium but simply as the most efficient way of making or recording an image. 
 Photographs no longer provoke a meditation upon external phenomena, but on the conditions of their own existence. 
 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. 
 …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 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.” 
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