John Baldessari
[Artist, b. 1931, National City, California, lives in Venice, California.]

 There’s no such thing as a bad photograph. 
 Probably one of the worst things to happen to photography is that cameras have viewfinders. 
 I want to produce images that startle one into recollection. 
 Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography. 
 I didn’t see painters doing paintings of glassware and glass shelves or sand dunes and receding snow fences. Why does that interest photographers and not artists? 
 Photos should suggest a word(s) and vice versa. They should be equal and interchangeable. 
 Find the most puzzling kind of art you can think of, and then go out and try to approximate it with your camera. Take a photograph that corresponds to it. (Assignment to students.) 
 I tend to think of words as substitutes for images. I can never seem to figure out what one does that the other doesn’t do. 
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