John Divola Quotes


To photograph is often compared to an act of redemption - to select from an infinite number of choices that which is to be remembered.

It's good to be around people who see [photography] as a reasonable enterprise when everyone in the neighborhood may think it's ridiculous. (On the benefit of teaching photography)

I don't look for things to see how they function as metaphors.... You can't photograph the sublime. You can only traffic in the specific and its relationship to the symbolic.

In all my work there's this notion of the melancholic. You can make a photograph about the sublime but you can't make the sublime itself.

The photograph as an object has a relationship to that which it represents something like the relationship the snake skin has to the snake that sheds it.