Jeff Koons
[Artist, b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, lives in New York.]

 Sex with love is a higher state. It’s an objective state, in which one lives and enters the eternal, and I believe that’s what I showed people. That’s why it wasn’t pornographic. (On the hard-core self-portraits he made having sex with his wife Ilona “Cicciolina” Staller and exhibited under the title “Made in Heaven.”) 

Catherine Opie
[Photographer, b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio, lives in Los Angeles.]

 I thought it was important, if I was going to document my [sadomasochistic] community, to document myself within that community. 

Eleanor Antin
[Artist, b. 1935, New York, lives in San Diego, California.]

 Why should I be limited by my own biography? 

Gregory Crewdson
[Photographer, b. 1962, Brooklyn, New York, lives in New Haven Connecticut.]

 All my pictures are very voyeuristic, but ultimately I’m looking at what lurks in my own interior. I make photographs because I want to answer the question of what propels me to do the things that I do. But that always remains a mystery. 

Nikki S. Lee
[Photographer, b. 1970, Kye-Chang, Korea, lives in New York.]

 My life and work are not separate. I just have more roles than other people. And I have photographs. 

Georgia O'Keeffe
[Artist, b. 1887, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, d. 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico.]

 I never knew [Alfred Stieglitz] to make a trip anywhere to photograph. His eye was in him, and he used it on anything that was nearby. Maybe that way he was always photographing himself. 

Judy Dater
[Photographer, b. 1941, Hollywood, lives in San Francisco.]

 Portraits I’ve done in the past I’ve always thought were a reflection of me. 

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

 At any rate, when I began photographing myself, I could place myself in poses that had not been investigated by other artists. It was an area other artists hadn't touched. Then, I went on from there. I manipulated my image—distorting it, brutalizing it. People thought I was mad, but I felt I had to tell these things. It gave me a kind of excitement. 
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