Diane Arbus
[Photographer, b. 1923, New York, d. 1971, New York.]

 Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats. 
 I think it does, a little, hurt to be photographed. 
 Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. 
 I don’t press the shutter. The image does. And it’s like being gently clobbered. 
 I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. 
 One thing that struck me very early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in. 
 The photograph is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. 
 I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. 
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