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

 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. 
 Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. 
 All photographs are far more important than any painting. 
 To make a photograph is already the first artificial act. 
 I had had enough of bloody painting, and painting from a photograph seemed to me the most moronic thing that anyone could do. 
 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. 
 What counts isn’t being able to do a thing, it’s seeing what it is. Seeing is the decisive act, and ultimately it places the maker and the viewer on the same level. 
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