Chester Higgins
[Photographer, b. 1946, Lexington, Kentucky, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 I had a choice: I could wail against the racism of the [prevailing] pictures or I could go and create photographs that would tell a contrary story. 
 I learned that the camera never lies about the photographer. 
 By putting your heart into your picture making, your eye will follow. 
 What has always driven my photography is the search for the spirit of things. 
 I believe the spirit of things exists in everything, including plant life and animal life. So I started challenging myself to see if I could translate this spirit into an image. 
 The ancients honored the spirit in all things, a philosophy I apply to my image-making today.