Lucas Samaras
[Artist, b. 1936, Kastoria, Greece, lives in New York.]

 I have wanted to photographically explore my body for years and I was going to have a professional photographer do it. But I have never been able to work well with others, and I was not going to go to a photography school and learn photography. Polaroid came in handy. 
 For me, looking in the mirror produces a sense of wonder. I say, “Who is that?” I look at my hand or my rear-end and say, “What is that?” The idea of the mirror being an area of erotic conflict is an idea for those who don’t look into mirrors. And so, I started photographing myself... 
 The selfie mentality demonstrates a very aggressive behavior. It’s like going to a museum and saying: “screw the Rembrandt.” 
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