Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.
To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.
Shooting famous people and non-famous people is pretty much the same thing, except that famous people sell. Very often the non-famous person is the better photo, but if you want to have your work sold, it’s better to stick with famous people.
So, as we were finishing up our fabulous photo walk in Central Park with Moose Peterson, we decided to stop for a group picture. Then this guy walked in front of the camera. TOURIST!
The great photographers of life - like Diane Arbus and Walker Evans and Robert Frank - all must have had some special quality: a personality of nurturing and non-judgment that frees the subjects to reveal their most intimate reality. It really is what makes a great photographer, every bit as much as understanding composition and lighting.
You don’t take pictures; the good ones happen to you.
Check out this rather extraordinary interview with former LIFE Editor John Morris about his friend Robert Capa and the most historic rolls of film ever - of D-Day: http://on.ft.com/1kPDWyQ
With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.
With photography, I like to create a fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist.
All great artists draw from the same resource: The human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.