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. 
 Unless it hurts, unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs. 
 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. 
 I am what I photograph. 
 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. 
 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. 
 Everyone is a photographer now, remember. That’s the great thing about photography. 
 Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work. 
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