Amy Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1954, New York, lives in New York.]

 It’s entirely ridiculous and hopeless to try to compete with somebody who made such a huge contribution to photography... I knew when I went into photography that I would be compared to my mother. I thought to myself, what can I do about that? 
 My mother’s work has been an enormous influence on me, but not literally. By that I mean, my photographs don’t look like hers. That makes it difficult to compare them. What they do share is an emotional intensity. 
 When I ask to photograph someone... what I’m saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life.