Helmut Newton
[Photographer, b. 1920, Berlin, d. 2004, Los Angeles.]

 Genius and taste don’t go together. 
 Some people’s photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already. 
 Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. 
 Look, I’m not an intellectual—I just take pictures. 
 The photographs don’t arouse me. All I can think about is the hard work it took to make them. 
 My advice for the young? There are two dirty words in photography; one is “art,” and the other is “good taste.” 
 My mother always said: “If you have any problems, Helmut, don’t tell us, tell the doctor.” 
 I find myself, after all these years, with a built-in safety-brake that stops me from doing certain things. And one of the reasons why I want to try so called hard pornography—I don’t even know whether it’s hard enough—is to see whether I will be able to overcome this. Because if there is one thing I hate, it’s good taste, to me it’s a dirty word. 
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