Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Diane Arbus (11 quotes)

(1923-1971)
An American photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of society. (Her first name is pronounced "dee-ANN.") Arbus is noted by critics and art historians for her photographs depicting outsiders, such as tranvestites, dwarves, giants, prostitutes, and ordinary citizens in poses and settings conveying a disturbing uncanniness.
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"My favorite thing is to go where I have never gone."
Photography > General
Quote #6
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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."
Photography > General
Quote #8
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"What I'm trying to describe is that it's impossible to get out of your skin into somebody else's.... That somebody else's tragedy is not the same as your own."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #9
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"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #10
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"If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life. I mean people are going to say, You're crazy. Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #99
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"I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself."
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Photography > Photographer
Quote #113
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"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #190
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"I don't know what good composition is.... Sometimes for me composition has to do with a certain brightness or a certain coming to restness and other times it has to do with funny mistakes. There's a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness."
Photography > Technique
Quote #191
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"I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #192
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"One thing I would never photograph is a dog lying in the mud."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #529
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"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #680
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