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

 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. 
 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. 
 I had had enough of bloody painting, and painting from a photograph seemed to me the most moronic thing that anyone could do. 
 The photograph is the most perfect picture. It does not change; it is absolute, and therefore autonomous, unconditional, devoid of style. 
 I do not mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us, and which is incomplete and limited. Our eyes have developed such as to survive. It is merely coincidence that we can see stars with them, as well. 
 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. 
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