Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 To make a photograph is already the first artificial act. 
 The photograph is the only picture that can truly convey information, even if it is technically faulty and the object can barely be identified. A painting of a murder is of no interest whatever; but a photograph of a murder fascinates everyone. 
 All photographs are far more important than any painting. 
 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. 
 I had had enough of bloody painting, and painting from a photograph seemed to me the most moronic thing that anyone could do. 
 Photography altered ways of seeing and thinking. Photographs were regarded as true, paintings as artificial. The painted picture was no longer credible; its representation froze into immobility, because it was not authentic but invented. 
 Every time we describe an event, add up a column of figures, or take a photograph of a tree, we create a model; without models we would know nothing about reality and would be like animals. 
 The photograph is the most perfect picture. It does not change; it is absolute, and therefore autonomous, unconditional, devoid of style. 
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