Bill Jay
[Photographer, writer, and curator, b. 1940, Maidenhead, England, d. 2009, Samara, Costa Rica.]

 Photoshop makes it easier to do all the things you didn’t need to do before Photoshop. 
 Making a photograph is as difficult as finding a particularly frisky cat in a dark room. Making a great photograph is as chancy as trying to catch a frisky cat in a black room in which there is no cat. 
 True, there are photographers who are failed artists, but so are most artists. 
 I start a lot of photo projects but never seem to… 
 Evolution in action: First, God said, ‘Let there be light.’ Then, he created two nude models. Now we have photographers. 
 I was very disappointed not to be at the birth of photography but I am pleased that I was present at its end. (On “the end of photography” that he says has been declared over and over since the early 1970s.) 
 Style is not like a filter which when placed over the lens will affect the image… When I walk through the forest at night, the track emerges from the darkness by not looking for it. A unique style emerges in photography by ignoring it, concentrating on the subject... 
 I think we can agree that any definition of fame would include such phrases as “popular acclaim,” “known far and wide,” “public estimation and regard,” “household name,” and similar tributes. Now lay back and concentrate. Name an active living artist-photographer who is famous. . . . . . . (The dots represent time passing. Go ahead, think about it for as long as you like.) Ready now? Good. Who did you come up with? Joel-Peter Witkin. Robert Mapplethorpe. Annie Leibowitz. Sally Mann. Who? Never mind – we have enough names for our purpose. The next question is: how many people in the USA have heard of any one of these names? As I cannot hear you I will answer the question myself. Probably one thousand at any one time. More? OK, let us up the figure to five thousand although I think that is stretching it. 
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