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

 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. 
 ... 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. 
 Find something you are passionate about and shoot your way through this obsession with elegance and you will have a potentially great project. 
 Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work. 
 From the moment the tourist enters the site, everyone has to be photographed in front of every feature of note.... The photographic record of the visit has almost destroyed the very notion of actually looking. 
 Everyone is a photographer now, remember. That’s the great thing about photography. 
 I am what I photograph. 
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