Arnold Newman
[Photographer, b. 1918, New York, d. 2006, New York.]

 I don’t care what you do with that negative, you can retouch it, you can spit on it, you can grind it underfoot. The only thing that matters is if it is honest. If [the picture] is honest, you and everybody can tell. If it is dishonest, you and everybody can tell. 
 Those who call themselves art photographers are pompous, arrogant egoists. 
 Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. 
 We don’t take pictures with our cameras, we take them with our hearts and minds. It is how we photograph not what we photograph, that matters. 
 I’m convinced that any photographic attempt to show the complete man is utter nonsense, to an extent. We can only show, as best we can, what the outer man reveals; the inner man is seldom revealed to anyone, sometimes not even to the man himself. We have to interpret. 
 It seems to me that no one picture can ever be a final summation of a personality. There are so many facets in every human being that it is impossible to present them all in one photograph. 
 A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart. 
 Although my approach has become popularly known as environmental portraiture, it only suggests a part of what I have been doing and am doing. Overlooked is that my approach is also symbolic and impressionistic or whatever label one cares to use. 
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