Martin Parr
[Photographer, b. 1952, Epson, Surrey, England, lives in Bristol and London, England.]

 ... I accept that all photography is voyeuristic and exploitative, and obviously I live with my own guilt and conscience. It’s part of the test and I don’t have a problem with it. 
 The easy bit is picking up a camera and pointing and shooting. But then you have to decide what it is you’re trying to say and express. 
 Unless it hurts, unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs. 
 When a mother takes pictures of her children on the beach, she doesn’t take herself for an artist; she does it for love, which is an excellent reason, from my point of view. 
 When I first started learning how to take photographs, you had to spend the first six months figuring out what an f-stop was. Now you just go and take pictures. Nobody thinks about technical issues anymore because cameras or camera phones take care of that automatically. 
 Find something you are passionate about and shoot your way through this obsession with elegance and you will have a potentially great project. 
 I am what I photograph. 
 Everyone is a photographer now, remember. That’s the great thing about photography. 
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