Duane Michals
[Photographer, b. 1932, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 I believe in the invisible. I do not believe in the definitive reality of things around us. For me, reality is the intuition and the imagination and the quiet voice inside my head that says: isn’t that extraordinary? The things in our lives are the shadows of reality, just as we ourselves are shadows. 
 I use photography to help me explain my experiences to myself. 
 I never photograph sunsets and I never photograph moonrises. I’m not interested in what things look like. 
 Most portraits are lies. People are rarely what they appear to be, especially in front of a camera. You might know me your entire lifetime and never reveal yourself to me. To interpret wrinkles as character is insult not insight. 
 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 
 One of the marvelous things about film is that if you expose it long enough you’re going to get a picture. 
 The camera is like a typewriter, in the sense in which you can use the machine to write a love letter, a book, or a business memo. 
 You can’t teach art, so ART SCHOOL is a contradiction in terms. 
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