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    Real people move, they bear with them the element of time. It is this fourth dimension of people that I try to capture in a photograph.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: time  people  real 
     
    A portrait photographer depends upon another person to complete his picture. The subject imagined, which in a sense is me, must be discovered in someone else willing to take part in a fiction he cannot possibly know about.
    — Richard Avedon
    I've photographed just about everyone in the world. But what I hope to do is photograph people of accomplishment, not celebrity, and help define the difference once again.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  world  help  celebrity  hope 
     
    i think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  charm 
     
    Camera lies all the time. It's all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you" the moment you've made a choice, you're lying about something larger. Lying is an ugly word. I don't mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same.
    — Richard Avedon
    People - running from unhappiness, hiding in power - are locked within their reputations, ambitions, beliefs.
    — Richard Avedon
    A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he's being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks. He's implicated in what's happening, and he has a certain real power over the result.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: power  real 
     
    Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art.
    — Richard Avedon
    I think all art is about control, the encounter between control and uncontrollable.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: control 
     
    There was no such person as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was an invention of hers. A genius invention that she created, like an author creates a character. She understood photography, and she also understood what makes a great photograph. She related to it as if she were giving a performance. She gave more to the still camera than any actress-any woman- I've ever photographed.
    — Richard Avedon
    The way someone who's being photographed presents himself to the camera, and the effect of the photographer's response on that presence, is what the making of a portrait is all about.
    — Richard Avedon
    It's not hard being great occasionally. It's difficult to be good consistently.
    — Richard Avedon
    I've worked out of a series of no's. No to exquisite light, no to apparent compositions, no to the seduction of poses or narrative. And all these no's force me to the yes. I have a white background. I have the person I'm interested in and the thing that happens between us.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people 
     
    Start with a style and you are in chains, start with an idea and you are free.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: ideas 
     
    If each photograph steals a bit of the soul, isn't it possible that I give up pieces of mine every time I take a picture?
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: time  soul 
     
    A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: truth  emotion  moment  facts  opinion 
     
    And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.
    — Richard Avedon
    To be an artist, you have to nurture the things that most people discard.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  artist 
     
    My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people 
     
    He sleeps fastest who sleeps alone.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: sleep  alone 
     
    One man's fantasy is another man's job.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: fantasy  job 
     
    Marilyn Monroe gave more to the still camera than any actress, any woman I've ever photographed; infinitely more patient, more demanding of herself and more comfortable in front of the camera than away from it.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: women 
     
    There is no truth in photography. There is no truth about anyone's person.
    — Richard Avedon
    My photographs don't go below the surface. They don't go below anything. They're readings of the surface. I have great faith in surfaces. A good one is full of clues.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: faith  reading 
     
    When I was a boy, my family took great care with our snapshots. We really planned them. We made compositions. We posed in front of expensive cars, homes, that werent ours. We borrowed dogs. Almost every family picture taken of us when I was young had a different borrowed dog in it.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: young  care  boys  dog 
     
    I hate cameras. They interfere, they're always in the way. I wish: if I could just work with my eyes alone. To get a satisfactory print, one that contains all that you intended, is very often more difficult and dangerous than the sitting itself. When I'm photographing, I immediately know when I've got the image I really want. But to get the image out of the camera and into the open, is another matter.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: work  hate  alone  eyes  dangerous 
     
    The pictures have a reality for me that the people don't. It is through the photographs that I know them.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  reality 
     
    It's in trying to direct the traffic between Artiface [sic] and Candor, without being run over, that I'm confronted with the questions about photography that matter most to me.
    — Richard Avedon
    My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: read  parent 
     
    You can't get at the thing itself, the real nature of the sitter, by stripping away the surface. You can only get beyond the surface by working with the surface. All that you can do is manipulate that surface - gesture, costume, expression - radically and correctly.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: nature  real 
     
    I always prefer to work in the studio. It isolates people from their environment
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  work  environment 
     
    Just advertising departments with legs and high heels.
    — Richard Avedon
    I never wanted to be called an artist. I wanted to be called a photographer.
    — Richard Avedon
    Photography has always reminded me of the second child.. trying to prove itself. The fact that it wasn't really considered an art.. that it was considered a craft.. has trapped almost every serious photographer.
    — Richard Avedon
    I can see myself as a very old man in a terrific wheelchair. Only, I won't be photographing the tree outside my window, the way Steichen did. I'll be photographing other old people.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: men  people 
     
    I am always stimulated by people. Almost never by ideas.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: photographer 
     
    I don't really remember the day when I stood behind my camera with Henry Kissinger on the other side. I am sure he doesn't remember it either. But this photograph is here now to prove that no amount of kindness on my part could make this photograph mean exactly what he.. or even I.. wanted it to mean. It's a reminder of the wonder and terror that is a photograph.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: kindness  wonder 
     
    Snapshots that have been taken of me working show something I was not aware of at all, that over and over again I'm holding my own body or my own hands exactly like the person I'm photographing. I never knew I did that, and obviously what I'm doing is trying to feel, actually physically feel, the way he or she feels at the moment I'm photographing them in order to deepen the sense of connection.
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: people  moment  body 
     
    We all perform. It's what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintionally. It's a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we'd like to be.-PERFORMANCE
    — Richard Avedon
    tags: time  hope 
     
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