Jeff Wall
[Photographer, b. 1946, Vancouver, Canada, lives in Vancouver.]

 Because image traffic has become so heavy and so continuous, it now seems as if these millions of images came into being by themselves, without the agency of a person. 
 If you are capable of making good pictures it’s immoral not to do so, for whatever reason or excuse you might give. 
 I begin by not photographing. 
 Meaning does not interest me and has almost nothing to do with my decisions or judgments. 
 One paradox I have found is that, the more you use computers in picture-making, the more “hand-made” the picture becomes. Oddly, then, digital technology is leading, in my work at least, toward a greater reliance on handmaking because the assembly and montage of the various parts of the picture is done very carefully by hand. 
 I guess you could say I’m like a film director but my movies have only one frame. 
 A picture is something that makes invisible its before and after. 
 The spontaneous is the most beautiful thing that can appear in a picture, but nothing in art appears less spontaneously than that. 
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