Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
[Actress, b. 1926, Los Angeles, d. 1962, Los Angeles.]

 It’s like being screwed by a thousand guys and you can’t get pregnant. (On what happens between her and still cameras, to photographer Ernst Cunningham.) 

Subcommander Marcos (Rafael Sebastian Guillén Vicente)
[Professor and revolutionary, b. 1957, Tampico, Mexico, lives in Chiapas, Mexico.]

 For me it is clear that photography prizes should be for those being photographed and not for the photographers. 

Charis Wilson
[Model, b. 1914, San Francisco, d. 2009, Santa Cruz, California.]

 I knew I really didn’t look that good, and that Edward [Weston] had glorified me, but it was a very pleasant thing to be glorified and I couldn’t wait to go back for more. 

James Nachtwey
[Photographer, b. 1948, Syracuse, New York, lives in New York.]

 Do we really need another picture of Paris Hilton or Naomi Campbell? 

Bert Stern
[Photographer, b. 1929, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2013, New York.]

 I’d photographed a lot of women, and Marilyn was the best. She’d move into an idea, I’d see it, quickly lock it in, click it, and my strobes would go off like a lightning flash—PKCHEWW!!—and get it with a zillionth of a second. (On photographing the actress six weeks before her death.) 

Charis Wilson
[Model, b. 1914, San Francisco, d. 2009, Santa Cruz, California.]

 Altogether it was a magical place. The silence and emptiness, the beauty of the wind-sculptured forms, the absence of any living things besides ourselves—all these combined to give me an exhilarating sense of freedom. As soon as the sun warmed things up, I took off my clothes and began diving down a steep slope... I was reminded of the childhood games of statues as I kept returning to the top of the bank to relaunch myself, and each slide down ended in a more abandoned position. (On posing nude at 22 in the Oceano dunes for her 50-year-old lover Edward Weston.) 

Rosanna Arquette
[Actress, b. 1959, New York, lives in Hollywood.]

 I was in Florida with Bert Stern, the photographer who shot Marilyn Monroe on the beach with a sweater, and we smoked a joint. The bathing suit kept coming off in the water, and I just ripped it off. 

Bert Stern
[Photographer, b. 1929, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2013, New York.]

 What makes a great model is her need, her desire; and it’s exciting to photograph desire. 
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