Douglas McCulloh
[Photographer, b. 1959, Los Angeles, lives in Los Angeles.]

 To teach consequential photography, don’t bother with Photoshop or f-stops. Create a craving for images. 
 A meaningful conceptual basis is always more important than vivid photographs, and vice versa. 
 Photography seems to fix, but this is an illusion created by our short lives. A photograph is merely a note held for 200 years. 
 Photography has a natural affinity for the strategies of surrealism—the exaltation of chance and eros, the exploration of obsession and the release of the unconscious. 
 It is not the task of photography to depict the world. Photography concerns what we can say about the world. 
 The average photography web site is like a small-scale cemetery, but twice as dead. 
 Photographs should celebrate the contingent, the spontaneous, the incomplete, the fortuitous. Direct, unblinking vision should be coupled with deliberate indifference as to subject. The ironic goal is a scrupulous recording of whatever chance brings to hand. 
 If you scratch through the deceitful artifice of contemporary photography, you’ll find the real artifice underneath. 
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