On Photography

“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”

Diane Arbus


“When I’m looking at work, I don’t have a specific, conscious mindset. Rather, it’s an intuitive act. It’s like making art. I go through the entries and I figure out what jumps out, what marks me, what feels different. There is no intellectual checklist to deciding if I like the work. Rather, it’s visual, intuitive—and almost always immediate.”


“When I began to photograph nudes, I let myself be guided by this camera, and instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing. I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed.”

Bill Brandt