Diane Arbus Quotes


Men are but children of a larger growth Our appetites as apt to change as theirs And full as craving too and full as vain.

One of the risks of appearing in public is the likelihood of being photographed.

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.

Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.

Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe.

Ladies and Gentlemen take my advice pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

Nudists are fond of saying that when you come right down to it everyone is alike and again that when you come right down to it everyone is different.

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.

[Our self-image is] that gap between intention and effect

I'm very little drawn to photographing people that are known or even subjects that are known. They fascinate me when I've barely heard of them.

The camera is a kind of license.

The condition of photographing is maybe the condition of being on the brink of conversion to anything.

Everything is so superb and breathtaking. I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies.

I think the most beautiful inventions are the ones you don't think of.

There's a kind of power thing about the camera. I mean everyone knows you've got some edge. You're carrying some magic which does something to them. It fixes them in a way.

And the revelation was a little like what saints receive on mountains - a further chapter in the history of the mystery.

The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories

If I didn't have a camera the things I do would be crazy.

The camera is cruel so I try to be as good as I can to make things even.

...I would never choose a subject for what it means to me. I choose a subject and then what I feel about it what it means begins to unfold.

If you scrutinize reality closely enough if in some way you really really get to it it becomes fantastic.

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

The world can only be grasped by action not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.

I think all families are creepy in a way.

One thing I would never photograph is a dog lying in the mud.

The discouragement masquerades as the impossibility.

It's always seemed to me that photography tends to deal with facts whereas film tends to deal with fiction.

Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.

There's a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle.

Shoot for the secrets develop for the surprises

You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.

I mean it's very subtle and a little embarrassing to me but I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

These are characters in a fairy tale for grown-ups. Wouldn't it be lovely? Yes.

The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.

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.

I tend to think of the act of photographing generally speaking as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where Iâ??ve never been.

Take pictures of what you fear.

My favourite thing is to go where I've never been.

The more specific you are the more general it'll be.

I think it does a little hurt to be photographed.

I mean if you've ever spoken to someone with two heads you know they know something you don't.

Lately I've been struck with how I really love what you can't see in a photograph. An actual physical darkness. And it's very thrilling for me to see darkness again.

Photography was a license to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.

For me the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.

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.

Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It's what I've never seen before that I recognize.

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.

One thing that struck me early is that you donâ??t put into a photograph whatâ??s going to come out. Or vice versa what comes out is not what you put in.

Nothing is ever the same as they said it was.

We've all got an identity. You can't avoid it. It's what's left when you take everything else away.