Ten Memorable Diane Arbus Quotes

“I really believe that there are things that nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

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

“A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.”

“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do. That was one of my favorite things about it.”

“The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.”

“Nothing is ever the same as they said it was.”

“I want to photograph what I’m afraid of.”

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

“If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.”

“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.”


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