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 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. 
 Photography seems to fix, but this is an illusion created by our short lives. A photograph is merely a note held for 200 years. 
 The average photography web site is like a small-scale cemetery, but twice as dead. 
 If you scratch through the deceitful artifice of contemporary photography, you’ll find the real artifice underneath. 
 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. 
 Images are the currency of our age, but it’s a toss-up whether we live in a time of abundance or debasement. 
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